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Inequalities and social capital

Essential readings

Alesina, A., La Ferrara, E. (2006). Who Trusts Others? Journal of Public Economics 85, 207–234

Both individual experiences and community characteristics influence how much people trust each...

Costa, D., Kahn, M. (2003). Cowards and Heroes: Group Loyalty in the American Civil War. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 118 (2): 519-548

What motivated men to risk death in the most horrific war in U.S. history when pay was low and...

Important readings

Tesei, A. (2012). Racial Fragmentation, Income Inequality and Social Capital: New Evidence from the US

Existing studies of social capital formation in US metropolitan areas have found that social...

Pervaiz, Z., Chaudhary A R, van Staveren, I. (2013). Diversity, Inclusiveness and Social Cohesion. ISD Working Paper 2013-1.

This study aims to investigate the role of diversity (ethnic, linguistic and religious) and social...

Reading list archive

Bjørnskov, C. (2006). Determinants of generalized trust: A cross-country comparison. Public Choice 130 (1), 1-21.

The paper explores the determinants of generalized trust across countries. The findings suggest...

Calvo-Armengol, A., Jackson, M. O. (2004). The Effects of Social Networks on Employment and Inequality. American Economic Review 94(3): 426-454

We develop a model where agents obtain information about job opportunities through an explicitly...

Corneo, G., Neher, F. (2012). Income Inequality and Self-Reported Values. Discussion Paper SFB/TR 15 N. 382

This paper offers a comprehensive econometric investigation of the impact of income inequality on...

Daniele, G. Geys, B. (2015). Interpersonal trust and welfare state support. European Journal of Political Economy 39: 1-12.

The economic importance of the welfare state has increased strongly over time, which has generated...

Keefer, P., Knack, S. (2002). Polarization, politics and property rights: Links between inequality and growth. Public Choice 111, 127–154.

We argue that social polarization reduces the security of property and contract rights and, through...

Leigh, A. (2006). Trust, Inequality and Ethnic Heterogeneity. Economic Record 82 (258), 268-280.

Using a large Australian social survey, combined with precise data on neighbourhood characteristics...

Small, M. L. (2004). Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Villa Victoria examines how of a group of low-income Puerto Rican migrants with little formal...

Small, M. L. (2009). Unanticiped Games: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Social capital theorists have shown that some people do better than others in part because they...

Upcoming events


International conference on Policies for Happiness and Health

Mon, 2018-03-19 - Wed, 2018-03-21


The Economics of Informality Conference 2018

Mon, 2018-05-28 - Tue, 2018-05-29


Social capital, public participation and democracy

Wed, 2018-09-12 - Fri, 2018-09-14


Networks and Innovation

Thu, 2018-11-15 - Sat, 2018-11-17