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Social capital and physical health

Essential readings

Folland, S. (2007). Does community social capital contribute to population health? Social Science and Medicine 64, 2342–2354

Robert Putnam showed that a social capital index, created as a weighted sum of 14 variables chosen...

Folland, S. (2006). Value of life and behavior toward health risks: an interpretation of social capital. Health Economics 15 (2), 159–171.

An individual assessing a risky job can be understood as a public good. He and each of his valued...

Important readings

Kawachi, I., Subramanian, S.V.; Kim, Daniel (Eds.) (2008). Social Capital and Health. Springer

As interest in social capital has grown over the past decade—particularly in public...

Costa, D., Kahn, M. (2007). Surviving Andersonville: The Benefits of Social Networks in POW Camps. American Economic Review 97 (4): 1467-1487

Twenty-seven percent of the Union Army prisoners captured July 1863 or later died in captivity. At...

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...

Folland, S., Rocco, L. (2014). The Economics of Social Capital and Health A Conceptual and Empirical Roadmap. Washington, D.C.: World Scientific.

This book edited by Sherman Folland and Lorenzo Rocco defines the field of social capital and...

Reading list archive

Fiorillo, D., Sabatini, F. (2011). Quality and quantity: the role of social interactions in individual health. Social Science and Medicine, 73, 1644-1652.

The public health literature focusing on the detrimental effects of social isolation has shown that...

Folland, S. (2005). Smoking, Binge Drinking and the Social Capital of Marriage and Children. Oakland University Department of Economics, mimeo.

The paper develops a model of decision making under risk where the tradeoff between risk and reward...

Folland, S. (2008). An economic model of social capital and health. Health Economics, Policy and Law 3, 333-348

This paper presents an economic model to connect with the substantial empirical literature on...

Fox, S. (2011). Medicine 2.0: Peer-to-peer healthcare. Pew Internet & American Life Research Center

Peer-to-peer healthcare is a way for people to do what they have always done – lend a hand,...

Fox, S. (2011). Mind the Gap: Peer-to-peer Healthcare. Pew Internet & American Life Research Center

Peer-to-peer healthcare acknowledges that patients and caregivers know things — about...

Kath, E. (2010). Social relations and the Cuban health miracle. New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers

For Cuba's supporters, health is the most commonly cited evidence of the socialist system's...

Kawachi, I., Soshi, T., Subramanian, S.V. (Eds.) (2013). Global Perspectives on Social Capital and Health. Springer.

A companion volume to Social Capital and Health (edited by Kawachi, Subramanian, and Kim) Covers...

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