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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

Post, S. G. (2005). Altruism, happiness and health: it’s good to be good. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 12 (2), 66-77.

Altruistic (other-regarding) emotions and behaviors are associated with greater well-being,...

Rose, R. (2000). How much does social capital add to individual health? A survey study of Russians. Social Science & Medicine 51(9), 1421-1435.

Some Russians are healthier than others. To what extent does their health vary with involvement...

Rostila, M. (2013). Social Capital and Health Inequality in European Welfare States

This book sets out unique findings on whether social capital influences health and health...

Sabatini, F. (2014). The relationship between happiness and health: Evidence from Italy. Social Science and Medicine 114, 178-187.

Fabio Sabatini We test the relationship between happiness and self-rated health in Italy. The...

Scheffler, R., Brown, T. T. (2008). Social capital, economics, and health: new evidence. Health Economics, Policy and Law 3, 321-331.

In introducing this Special Issue on Social Capital and Health, this article tracks the...

Upcoming events


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