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Economic impact of the Canadian co-operative sector (2009 and 2010)

George Karaphillis (Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada)
Fiona Duguid (Department of Co-operative Management Program, Saint Mary’s University, Chelsea, Canada)
Alicia Lake (Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Canada)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Little research exists on the economic impact of the co-operative sector in Canada, and changes in the sector over time. The purpose of this paper is to fill-in the gaps in the knowledge about the size of the sector and its performance over time using a comparative analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors of this paper conducted an input-output analysis of co-operatives in Canada for the years 2009 and 2010. First, the authors quantified the size of the sector for each year and then these two data points were compared to analyze the changes in this one-year period.

Findings

This paper demonstrates that co-operatives in Canada are significant to the national economy and remain stable over time.

Originality/value

This is the first time such a study has been done in Canada for the co-operative sector.

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Citation

Karaphillis, G., Duguid, F. and Lake, A. (2017), "Economic impact of the Canadian co-operative sector (2009 and 2010)", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 44 No. 5, pp. 643-652. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-09-2015-0225

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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