Quotation Reitzinger, Stephanie, Pennerstorfer, Astrid, Schneider, Ulrike. 2017. The Austrian Social Services Sector – Does Size Matter? . Espanet, Lissabon, Portugal, 14.09.-16.09.




Over the past decades, the social services sector has been growing at above average rates in many countries. This article analyzes the distribution of growth rates, entry and exit rates of small, medium-sized and large organizations and is also concerned with consequent changes in the market structure. Using Austrian administrative panel data of non-profit social service providers for the years 2003 to 2014, we found that larger organizations have higher growth rates, a result that is in line with previous research. Smaller organizations were hit harder by the economic crisis and subsequent austerity measures than larger providers, and lost economic weight over the last decade. In addition, the distribution of small, medium-sized and large organizations got more polarized in the years analyzed. We conclude that larger organizations became more dominant.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title The Austrian Social Services Sector – Does Size Matter?
Event Espanet
Year 2017
Date 14.09.-16.09
Country Portugal
Location Lissabon


Reitzinger, Stephanie (Former researcher)
Pennerstorfer, Astrid (Details)
Schneider, Ulrike (Details)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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