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Social economy and employment - the case of Sweden

Hans Westlund ()

Review of Social Economy, 2003, vol. 61, issue 2, 163-182

Abstract: Recent research has shown growing shares of employment in the social economy (or non-profit sector) both in the European Union and in the United States. In the EU, there seems to be growing hopes that the social economy will be capable of contributing to local progress on the unemployment issue in crisis regions. This paper analyses employment in certain entrepreneurial forms, usually considered belonging to the social economy, in Sweden during the 1990s. The results show considerable regional differences of employment in the social economy, but also that its share of the labor market is very limited. The effect of social-economic organizations on employment, therefore, is probably mainly indirect in as much as they function as platforms for cooperation between firms or else as embryos for enterprises by strengthening local entrepreneurship and helping to nurture a deposit of social capital which has visible effects on private business and jobs. However, these effects need more detailed examinations.

Keywords: social economy; third sector; social capital; employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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DOI: 10.1080/0034676032000098200

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