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Relational Goods and the Well-being of People Working in Italian Social Cooperatives


  • Nunzia Nappo

    () (Dipartimento di Analisi delle Dinamiche Territoriali e Ambientali, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli)


The paper investigates the role of relational goods in individual satisfaction with life. Individual data provided by the Italian Survey on Social Cooperatives (ICSI, 2007) are used in the econometric analysis, carried out on a sample of 4134 individuals working in Italian social cooperatives. The relationship between relational life and life satisfaction is characterized by problems of endogeneity and biunivocal causality. Therefore, the objective is not to establish causation, but rather to identify the association between life satisfaction and relational goods. Our results show that time spent on relationships within social enterprises with colleagues, superiors, volunteers, customers and outsiders (on-the-job relationships and relationships) is a key determinant of satisfaction with life.

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  • Nunzia Nappo, 2010. "Relational Goods and the Well-being of People Working in Italian Social Cooperatives," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 118(4), pages 449-474.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2010:v:118:i:4:p:449-474

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    1. Fiorillo, Damiano & Nappo, Nunzia, 2014. "Volunteering and perceived health. A European cross-countries investigation," MPRA Paper 72313, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2016.

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    happiness; on-the-job relationships; relational goods; social cooperatives;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • L30 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - General


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