Size and main characteristics of cooperative and social enterprises in Italy and Europe

Notwithstanding the growing economic and social importance of cooperatives and social enterprises,  there is still very little information available to track their impact on the economy and job market, nor their performance and structural characteristics. The lack of data is a significant hindrance to the success of this sector of the economy. 

Euricse, therefore, aims at addressing this deficiency by instituting a research program with the specific mission of analysing the economic and social contribution of such enterprises to the territories in which they operate. The primary tool being used in the process of data collection and analysis is an integrated database called datawarehouse, continually developed and updated by Euricse’s Observatory on cooperatives.




Scientific coordinator

MAURIZIO CARPITA is a statistician. His research interests relate on collection and organization of database, methods (Rasch Analysis) and models (Structural Equations and Multilevel Models), techniques (Non linear Principal Component Analysis and Factor Analysis) and algorithms (Decision Tree and Random Forests) for the measurement of perceptions and for the applications of data analysis in economics and social sciences. His studies are about the measurement of subjective work quality and the socio-economic impact of cooperatives, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. Other studies concerning statistical methods for evaluating efficiency and effectiveness of the welfare services, the university education system in Italy and the modern statistical techniques for the web data analysis (Data Analytics). He is Scientific Director of the Research Center “Data Methods and Systems” of the University of Brescia and member of the Permanent Group of the Italian Statistical Society “Statistics for the evaluation and the quality of services”. He is member of the Steering Committee of the “Italian Statistical Society”, of the Scientific Committee of the “Institute for the promotion of employees” of the Province of Bolzano and of the Executive Committee of the Review “Statistics & Applications”.
He received his M.S. degree in Political Economics at the University of Trento in 1988 and his PhD degree in Methodological Statistics at this University in 1993. From 2005 is Full Professor in Statistics at the University of Brescia, where he teaches Statistics, Forecasting, Data Analysis and Data Mining for economics and business decisions, and member of the Teachers Committee of the PhD in “Methodological and Applied Statistics” at the University of Milano-Bicocca.


Project List

The World Cooperative Monitor

The World Cooperative Monitor Report 2014 is now available.


Data Warehouse

This project aims at collecting, organizing and analyzing statistical data relating to cooperatives at the national and European levels, through a collaborative process with other research centres in Italy and abroad, so as to create an integrated and constantly up to date data warehouse. The data will allow for the periodical publication of statistical reports at the national and European levels, thereby facilitating a better understanding of the economic and social value of this particular type of business on the part of the various stakeholders. 

The impact of cooperation in Italy

The aim of this project is to study the economic impact of the Italian cooperative system within the context of the national economic fabric.
The main objective of the first phase will be the creation of a database structured around the macroeconomic variables needed to conduct an input/output analysis (gross production, intermediate consumption, value added and employee income).