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Sabatini, F., Modena, F., Tortia, E. (2013). Do cooperative enterprises create social trust? Small Business Economics. Doi: 10.1007/s11187-013-9494-8

This article contributes to the literature by carrying out the first empirical investigation into the role of different types of enterprises in the creation of social trust. Drawing on a unique data set collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample of the population of the Italian Province of Trento in March 2011, we find that cooperatives are the only type of enterprise where the work environment fosters the social trust of workers.

* The empirical analysis in this paper is based on data collected within a research project promoted and funded by the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse), Trento. The findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in the paper are solely of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Euricse.


Sabatini, Fabio

I am Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University of Rome, where I currently teach Economics and Policy of Networks, Applied Economics and Public Economics. I collaborate with the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of the Higher School of...

Modena, Francesca

Francesca Modena is Post-doc Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Trento. Her main research interests are Poverty and Development, Household Economics, Well-being and social capital.   Current position • Research Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Trento....

Tortia, Ermanno

Ermanno Tortia is researcher at the University of Trento, Department of Economics. His research is focused on the economics of cooperation, on social enterprises and non-profit organizations, with particular attention paid to labour economics and local development. He has taught Labour Economics at...

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