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5.2: Economic Impact of Cooperatives and Mutuals

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  • The University of Wisconsin at Madison conducted a multi-year research project to document the economic impact of cooperatives, including mutuals, in the U.S. economy. This extensive and well-done research has resulted in greater understanding of the role cooperatives play in the U.S. economy. For the year 2013, they report that nearly 30,000 U.S. cooperatives operated at 73,000 places of business throughout the country, with more than $3 trillion in assets generating over $500 billion in gross revenues. The study reported almost 340 million consumer co-op memberships and another 10 million agricultural cooperative memberships.v