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La diferente participación laboral de las mujeres entre las cooperativas y las sociedades laborales


  • Mª Antonia Ribas Bonet

    (Universidad de las Islas Baleares)

  • Antonia Sajardo Moreno

    (Universidad de Valencia)


This article assesses explanations for the different way in which women participate in cooperatives as opposed to employee-owned companies (regardless of whether they are limited or not). It takes as its basis existing empirical evidence on female participation in these enterprises, evidence that reveals a considerable difference between the two in terms of data. In view of the fact that the social economy sector comprises a wide range of different enterprises founded for a number of very different reasons, we pose the question as to whether the different configuration of cooperatives and employee-owned companies impacts in any way on the extent to which women participate in one type of enterprise or another.

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  • Mª Antonia Ribas Bonet & Antonia Sajardo Moreno, 2005. "La diferente participación laboral de las mujeres entre las cooperativas y las sociedades laborales," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 52, pages 267-278, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2005:i:52:p:267-278

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    1. Maria Bastida & Alberto Vaquero García & Luisa Helena Pinto & Ana Olveira Blanco, 2022. "Motivational drivers to choose worker cooperatives as an entrepreneurial alternative: evidence from Spain," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 58(3), pages 1609-1626, March.
    2. Maria Bastida & Alberto Vaquero García & Maite Cancelo Márquez & Ana Olveira Blanco, 2020. "Fostering the Sustainable Development Goals from an Ecosystem Conducive to the SE: The Galician’s Case," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 12(2), pages 1-17, January.
    3. Maria Bastida & Luisa Helena Pinto & Ana Olveira Blanco & Maite Cancelo, 2020. "Female Entrepreneurship: Can Cooperatives Contribute to Overcoming the Gender Gap? A Spanish First Step to Equality," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 12(6), pages 1-17, March.

    More about this item


    Women; labour participation; cooperatives; employee-owned companies; differentiating characteristics.;
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    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J54 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Producer Cooperatives; Labor Managed Firms
    • J70 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - General


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