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Fiorillo, D., Sabatini, F. (2011). Structural social capital and health in Italy. MPRA Paper 32392.

This paper presents the first empirical assessment of the causal relationship between social capital and health in Italy. The analysis draws on the 2000 wave of the Multipurpose Survey on Household conducted by the Italian Institute of Statistics on a representative sample of the population (n = 50,618). Our measure of social capital is the frequency of meetings with friends. Based on probit and instrumental variables estimates, we find that higher levels of social capital increase perceived good health.


Fiorillo, Damiano

I am Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Naples "Parthenope" (Italy). I received my PhD from the University of Salerno (Italy) in 2005, MSc of Economics from the University of Roma "Tor Vergata" in 1999 and the Laurea from University of Salerno in 1998. From May 2011 I am an...

Sabatini, Fabio

I am Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Law of Sapienza University of Rome, where I currently teach Economics and Policy of Networks, Applied Economics and Public Economics. I collaborate with the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of the Higher School of...

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