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Gender differences in social capital investment: Theory and evidence

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  • Leeves, Gareth.D.
  • Herbert, Ric.

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This paper analyses individual social capital investment by extending the investment model of Glaeser et al. (2002) to allow for differing types of social capital. A dynamic solution to the individual's maximisation problem illustrates differences in social capital investment dependent on the conversion factor of investment. An empirical section finds that females invest more and derive greater wellbeing from this type of social capital investment; consistent with a higher conversion factor. The findings have implications for the work–life balance policies within firms and provide another explanation for gender differences in earnings.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 37 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 377-385

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:37:y:2014:i:c:p:377-385

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Keywords: Social capital; Investment; Non-market returns; Compensating differentials;

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