Are Co-operatives Small? Evidence from the World Co-operative Monitor

Chiara Carini and Maurizio Carpita

in The Oxford Handbook of Mutual, Co-Operative, and Co-Owned Business

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780199684977
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191803864 | DOI:

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Are Co-operatives Small? Evidence from the World Co-operative Monitor

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There is a widespread belief that co-operatives are small-sized enterprises. However, some reports highlight that co-operatives have larger dimensions in certain areas than other types of companies. Starting from this premise, this paper contributes to the existing literature by providing empirical evidence on the size of co-operatives in different areas of the world, and by analysing data from approximately 2,000 co-operatives and mutual organizations from fifty-six different countries. These data are taken from the World Co-operative Monitor, a project promoted by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in collaboration with the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Enterprises (Euricse). The purpose of the project is to take a step forward in measuring the dimensions of co-operatives and to make an initial attempt at quantifying the economic and social impact of the largest co-operatives worldwide.

Keywords: co-operatives; measurement; economic size; impact; World Co-operative Monitor

Article.  5673 words. 

Subjects: International Business

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