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Facilitating access to rural services in Vietnam: The invisible social capital link

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  • Quoc, Hoang Dinh
  • Dufhues, Thomas
  • Buchenrieder, Gertrud

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This paper investigates the effects of individual social capital on the access of rural households to services. In the context of agriculture economics, an innovative data collection approach is used to determine social capital. The approach originates from the field of sociology and entails a personal network survey. We define four social capital variables according to tie strength (bonding/bridging) and social distance (bondinglink/bridginglink) between the respondent and his/her network member. The econometric results suggest that social capital with weaker ties in combination with socially distant ties (bridginglink social capital) can potentially improve households’ access to rural services.

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Paper provided by International Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil with number 123402.

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Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; rural services; social capital; rural households; Vietnam;

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