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Social Capital

Steven Durlauf and Marcel Fafchamps ()

No 10485, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper surveys research on social capital. We explore the concepts that motivate the social capital literature, efforts to formally model social capital using economic theory, the econometrics of social capital, and empirical studies of the role of social capital in various socioeconomic outcomes. While our focus is primarily on the place of social capital in economics, we do consider its broader social science context. We argue that while the social capital literature has produced many insights, a number of conceptual and statistical problems exist with the current use of social capital by social scientists. We propose some ways to strengthen the social capital literature.

JEL-codes: E26 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-evo, nep-hpe, nep-ltv, nep-pke and nep-ure
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Published as Durlauf, Steven N. & Fafchamps, Marcel, 2005. "Social Capital," Handbook of Economic Growth, in: Philippe Aghion & Steven Durlauf (ed.), Handbook of Economic Growth, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 26, pages 1639-1699 Elsevier.

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