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A meta-analysis of the effect of education on social capital

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  • Huang, Jian
  • Maassen van den Brink, Henriëtte
  • Groot, Wim

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To assess the empirical estimates of the effect of education on social trust and social participation - the basic dimensions of individual social capital - a meta-analysis is applied, synthesizing 154 evaluations on social trust, and 286 evaluations on social participation. The publication bias problem is given special emphasis in the meta-analysis. Our statistical synthesis confirms that education is a strong and robust correlate of individual social capital. The meta-analysis provides support for the existence of a relative effect of education on social participation, and of a reciprocity mechanism between the dimensions of social capital. The analysis also suggests that the erosion of social participation during the past decades has coincided with a decrease of the marginal return to education on social capital. Finally, we find differences in the return to education between genders, between US and other nations, and variations for different education attainments.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 28 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 454-464

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:28:y:2009:i:4:p:454-464

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Keywords: Meta-analysis Education Individual social capital Social trust Social participation Publication bias;

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  1. Stefan Boes & Dominik Hangartner & Lukas Schmid, 2011. "Identification of Causal Education Effects Using a Discontinuity in School Entry Tests: First Results from a Pilot Study," Diskussionsschriften dp1103, Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft.
  2. Leeves, Gareth.D. & Herbert, Ric., 2014. "Gender differences in social capital investment: Theory and evidence," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 377-385.
  3. Yamamura, Eiji, 2010. "The role of social trust in reducing long-term truancy and forming human capital in Japan," MPRA Paper 26407, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Jian Huang & Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink & Wim Groot, 2012. "Does education promote social capital? Evidence from IV analysis and nonparametric-bound analysis," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 42(3), pages 1011-1034, June.
  5. Binder, Martin & Freytag, Andreas, 2013. "Volunteering, subjective well-being and public policy," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 97-119.
  6. Aleksander Kucel & Montserrat Vilalta-Bufi, 2012. "Why do university graduates regret their study program? A comparison between Spain and the Netherlands," Working Papers in Economics 279, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
  7. Yamamura, Eiji & Antonio R, Andrés, 2011. "Trust and Fertility: Evidence from OECD countries," MPRA Paper 29978, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  9. Helms, Sara E., 2013. "Involuntary volunteering: The impact of mandated service in public schools," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 295-310.
  10. Jian Huang & Henriëtte den Brink & Wim Groot, 2011. "College Education and Social Trust: An Evidence-Based Study on the Causal Mechanisms," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 104(2), pages 287-310, November.
  11. Matthew James Roskruge & Arthur Grimes & Philip McCann & Jacques Poot, 2011. "Housing and Social Capital in New Zealand," ERSA conference papers ersa10p784, European Regional Science Association.

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