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Human Well-Being Effects Of Institutions And Social Capital

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  • MINA BALIAMOUNE-LUTZ

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"We examine the effects of income, institutions, and social capital-proxied by the level of corruption and ethnic tensions-on literacy and life expectancy in Africa. Random effects estimates show that income has a robust positive influence. GMM estimates indicate that corruption reduces the effectiveness of institutions in promoting literacy. However, this effect is not monotonic; improvements in the corruption index within the high corruption range reduce the effectiveness of institutions, while continuous improvement within the low corruption range enhances the effectiveness of institutions. Similarly, ethnic tensions reduce the effectiveness of institutions. Based on these findings, we conclude that social capital and institutions can complement each other. "("JEL "O11, O17, Z13) Copyright (c) 2008 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 54-66

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Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:27:y:2009:i:1:p:54-66

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  1. Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Groups and information disclosure: Olson and Putnam Hypotheses," MPRA Paper 34628, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2010. "Public policy, trust and growth: disclosure of government information in Japan," MPRA Paper 27703, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Mina Baliamoune, 2009. "Policy Reform and Aid Effectiveness in Africa," ICER Working Papers, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research 19-2009, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  4. Yamamura, Eiji, 2010. "Homeownership and investment for social capital in Japan: Dynamic Panel approach," MPRA Paper 26182, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Robison, Lindon J. & Siles, Marcelo E. & Jin, Songqing, 2011. "Social capital and the distribution of household income in the United States: 1980, 1990, and 2000," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 538-547.
  6. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, 2008. "On Growth and Development," ICER Working Papers, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research 13-2008, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  7. Ugur, Mehmet & Dasgupta, Nandini, 2011. "Corruption and economic growth: A meta-analysis of the evidence on low-income countries and beyond," MPRA Paper 31226, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 31 May 2011.
  8. Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Groups and information disclosure: Evidence on the Olson and Putnam Hypotheses in Japan," MPRA Paper 28101, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Mina Baliamoune, 2009. "Elites, Education and Reforms," ICER Working Papers, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research 18-2009, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  10. Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina, 2011. "Trust-based social capital, institutions, and development," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 40(4), pages 335-346, August.
  11. Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, 2010. "Financial Development and Income in Developing Countries," ICER Working Papers, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research 09-2010, ICER - International Centre for Economic Research.
  12. Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina, 2009. "Entrepreneurship and Reforms in Developing Countries," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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