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What is social capital

Essential readings

Coleman, J. S. (1988). Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital. The American Journal of Sociology 94, S95-S120

In this paper, the concept of social capital is introduced and illustrated, its forms are described...

Granovetter, M. (1973). The Strength Of Weak Ties. American Journal of Sociology 78, 1360-80.

Analysis of social networks is suggested as a tool for linking micro and macro levels of...

Important readings

Fine, B. (2001). Social Capital Versus Social Theory. London and New York: Routledge

The idea of Social Capital is an attempt to incorporate social considerations into mainstream...

Putnam, R. (1993). Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention...

Putnam, R. D. (1995). Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital. Journal of Democracy 6 (1), 65-78.

Copyright © 1995 The National Endowment for Democracy and The Johns Hopkins University Press...

Putnam, R. D. (2000). Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. New York: Simon & Schuster

In a groundbreaking book based on vast data, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly...

Dasgupta, P. (2005). Economics of Social Capital. The Economic Record 81 (255), S2-S21

The literature on the idea of ‘social capital’ is now enormous. Offering an alternative...

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Garofalo, G., Sabatini, F. (2008). Homo Oeconomicus? Dinamiche imprenditoriali in laboratorio. Bologna: Il Mulino

In che modo gli imprenditori compiono le loro scelte? La teoria economica tradizionale presuppone...

Glaeser, E., Laibson, D., Sacerdote, B. (2002). An Economic Approach to Social Capital. Economic Journal 112 (483), F437–F458

To identify the determinants of social capital formation, it is necessary to understand the...

Guiso, L., Sapienza, P., Zingales, L. (2010). Civic capital as the missing link. NBER Working paper 15845

This chapter reviews the recent debate about the role of social capital in economics. We argue that...

Hanifan, L. J. (1916). The Rural School Community Centre. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 67, 130-38.

This is the seminal paper where Lyda Hanifan first provided a definition of the concept of social...

Hooghe, M., Stolle, D. (Eds) (2004). Generating Social Capital: Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective. New York: Palgrave

Social capital - networks of civic engagements, norms of reciprocity, and attitudes of trust - is...

Illingworth, P. (2012). Us Before Me Ethics and Social Capital for Global Well-Being. Palgrave MacMillan

In Us before Me, a philosopher argues that persistent, unabated human suffering requires that the...

Lin, N. (2001). Social capital. A theory of social structure and action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Social Capital explains the importance of using social connections and social relations in...

North, D. C. (1990). Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Continuing his groundbreaking analysis of economic structures, Douglass North develops an...

Nunn N, Wantchekon L. (2011). The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa. American Economic Review 101 (7), 3221-3252.

We show that current differences in trust levels within Africa can be traced back to the...

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