Working Paper

17 October 2009

69 – Microfinance and happiness

Abstract Microfinance institutions are used to claim that their impact goes beyond money since rescuing from exclusion uncollateralized poor borrowers significantly affects their dignity, self-esteem, social […]
16 October 2009

68 – Wage differentials in social enterprises: education premium and the role of PPP geographical disparities

Abstract In Italy social enterprises include more than 7,000 institutions with around 250,000 workers serving more than three million people, a big share of which disadvantaged. […]
15 October 2009

67 – Creditworthiness as a signal of trustworthiness: field experiment in microfinance and consequences on causality in impact studies.

Abstract Creditworthiness and trustworthiness are almost synonyms since the act of conferring a loan has the indirect effect of signaling the trustworthiness of the borrower. We […]
14 October 2009

66 – Productivity, wages and intrinsic motivation in social enterprises

Abstract In our empirical analysis of wage differentials in a sample of workers in the cooperative not for profit sector we find that, consistently with the […]
13 October 2009

65 – Legal forms of Not-for-Profit Organisations in Europe

Introduction In the world of economists a lawyer feels a bit strange. How does an economist look to a lawyer? Is he a formalist, some one […]
12 October 2009

64 – Children, happiness and taxation

Abstract Empirical analyses on the determinants of life satisfaction often include the impact of the number of children variable among available controls without fully discriminating between […]
20 July 2009

63 – Virtuous interactions in removing exclusion: the link between foreign market access and access to education

Abstract We devise a retrospective panel data approach to evaluate the effects of fair trade affiliation on the schooling decisions of a sample of Thai organic […]
20 January 2009

60 – Revisiting the economy by taking into account the different dimensions of well-being

Abstract In standard economic models benevolent governments are the unique actors in charge to tackle the problem of reconciling individual with social wellbeing in presence of […]
19 January 2009

59 – The fragility of social capital∗

Abstract This paper addresses two hot topics of the contemporary debate, social capital and economic growth. Our theoretical analysis sheds light on decisive but so far […]
18 January 2009

58 – Does social capital create trust? Evidence from a community of entrepreneurs

Abstract Which kind of social capital fosters the diffusion of development-oriented trust? This paper carries out an empirical investigation into the causal relationships connecting four types […]