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Social capital, innovation and economic growth

Maria Thompson ()

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), 2018, vol. 73, issue C, 46-52

Abstract: Social capital consists of trust and trust-based networks. It facilitates cooperation and information-sharing between economic agents, being hence fundamental for innovation activities. Innovation is the main engine of growth for an increasing number of economies. We introduce an innovation-based growth model with collective social capital that conveys theoretically the argument that social capital influences innovation and consequently economic growth. Social capital stimulates innovation activities, which leads to higher monopolistic profits, which results in higher social capital, in a self-reinforcing mechanism. As the innovation economy grows, social capital grows endogenously with the growth of monopolistic competitors’ profits and production. In this neoclassical economy, collective social capital grows naturally and influences economic growth through the innovations sector. In harmony with empirical evidence, the model predicts that economic growth increases with the ratio of output-workers to innovators.

Keywords: Innovation; Social capital; Economic growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 O31 D92 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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