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Title: New Framework for the Economic Analysis of Cooperative Firms: Self-Defined Rules, Common Resources, Motivations, and Incentives
Authors: Sacchetti, Silvia
Tortia, Ermanno
Contact Email: silvia.sacchetti@stir.ac.uk
Citation: Sacchetti S & Tortia E (2010) New Framework for the Economic Analysis of Cooperative Firms: Self-Defined Rules, Common Resources, Motivations, and Incentives. EconomEtica Working Papers, No. 21. EconomEtica.
Keywords: cooperative firms
common resources
motivations
incentives
JEL Code(s): L21
L23
L26
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: EconomEtica
Series/Report no.: EconomEtica Working Papers, No. 21
Abstract: Cooperatives are characterised by mutual-benefit coordination mechanisms aimed at the fulfilment of members‟ participation rights. This paper explores the institutional elements that regulate individual behaviour and outcomes in cooperatives by bringing together new-institutionalism, behavioural and evolutionary economics. Our framework considers four main dimensions of the governance of cooperative firms: (1) the development and application of self-defined rules by the members of the cooperative; (2) the management, and appropriation of common resources and outcomes; (3) intrinsic motivations and reciprocating behaviours; (4) the implementation of suitable incentive mixes based on inclusion and reciprocity, including both pecuniary and non-pecuniary elements. An example is offered in order to highlight possible problems in the governance of cooperative firms, in particular the processes of distribution and appropriation of surplus. The example aims at introducing the discussion of the new framework of analysis.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/2949
URL: http://www.econometica.it/wp/index.htm
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Affiliation: Socio-Management
University of Stirling

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