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Differences in social capital between 54 Western European regions

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk () and Ton Schaik ()

Regional Studies, 2005, vol. 39, issue 8, 1053-1064

Abstract: Beugelsdijk S. and Van Schaik T. (2005) Differences in social capital between 54 Western European regions, Regional Studies 39 , 1053-1064. Based on the extant literature, a newly developed index measuring social capital at the regional level in Europe is presented. It is shown that there are large regional differences on this social capital index. It was tested if higher scores on this social capital index correlate with higher levels of economic development and regional economic growth in 54 Western European regions. Though further research is required, these preliminary results suggest a positive relationship exists between social capital and regional economic development. The paper concludes with suggestions for future empirical research.

Keywords: Social capital; Trust; Associational activity; Europe; Valeur de l'interaction sociale; Trust; Activite relationnelle; Europe; Sozialkapital; Trust; Zusammenarbeit; Europa; Capital social; Confianza; Actividad asociativa; Europa; JEL classifications: R11; Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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