Relational Goods and the Well-being of People Working in Italian Social Cooperatives
| RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2010 - 4
The paper investigates the role of relational goods in individual satisfaction with life. Individual
data provided by the Italian Survey on Social Cooperatives (ICSI, 2007) are used in the econometric
analysis, carried out on a sample of 4134 individuals working in Italian social cooperatives. The relationship
between relational life and life satisfaction is characterized by problems of endogeneity
and biunivocal causality. Therefore, the objective is not to establish causation, but rather to identify
the association between life satisfaction and relational goods. Our results show that time spent on relationships
within social enterprises with colleagues, superiors, volunteers, customers and outsiders
(on-the-job relationships and relationships) is a key determinant of satisfaction with life.
Key words: happiness, on-the-job relationships, relational goods, social cooperatives.
JEL Classification: A12, I31, L30.