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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Measuring growth of the nonprofit sector: The choice of indicator matters
Author(s): Pennerstorfer, Astrid
Rutherford, Alasdair
Keywords: growth
growth measures
non-profit sector
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2019
Date Deposited: 23-Nov-2018
Citation: Pennerstorfer A & Rutherford A (2019) Measuring growth of the nonprofit sector: The choice of indicator matters. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 48 (2), pp. 440-456.
Abstract: Interestingly, although many authors consent that non-profit organizations and the non-profit sector have grown in many countries, there is little discussion of how to best measure this growth. Looking at the broad universe of non-profit organizations, there is no single measure that is relevant for the whole sector and captures changes adequately. This article gives an overview of commonly-used growth measures in the existing non-profit literature and discusses the informative value of the various measures. Using Austrian and Scottish time-series data we present an empirical example of how the growth story of the non-profit sector can change depending on the measures used. The correlations between measures such as the number of organizations, income/expenditures and assets are particularly small. We recommend that researchers measuring the growth of the non-profit sector should be clear about the properties of their selected measure, and where possible should present alternative measures in their analysis.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0899764018819874
Rights: Pennerstorfer A & Rutherford A, Measuring growth of the non-profit sector: The choice of indicator matters, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (Volume 42, Issue 2), pp. 440-456. Copyright © The Authors 2018. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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