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Balance y tendencias en la investigación sobre Tercer Sector no lucrativo. Especial referencia al caso español


  • Antonia Sajardo Moreno

    (Universidad de Valencia)

  • Rafael Chaves

    (Universidad de Valencia)


This article provides a critical examination of the scientific literature published in Spain and internationally on the Non-Profit Third Sector. It focuses on three issues: firstly, the controversy regarding the name and conception of this social sector; secondly, the theories justifying this sector’s presence in economies; and finally, an assessment of this sector’s magnitude. The scope of the study is as follows: non-market sector (excluding all Social Economy enterprises that produce goods for the market) comprising non-profit enterprises that work with voluntary resources (volunteers and/or donations).

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  • Antonia Sajardo Moreno & Rafael Chaves, 2006. "Balance y tendencias en la investigación sobre Tercer Sector no lucrativo. Especial referencia al caso español," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 56, pages 87-116, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2006:i:56:p:87-116

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    Non-Profit-Making Third Sector; Social Economy; Research; Theories; Quantification.;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • L30 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - General
    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • L39 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Other


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