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Social Capital: A Standard Method of Measurement

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  • Hjøllund, Lene

    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard

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    (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

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The purpose of this paper is to suggest a standard method of measurement for social capital. Various authors have investigated the influence of social capital on economic growth but still social capital has not been measured in any satisfactory way. So far, each survey has used its own ad hoc methodology due to the heterogeneity of the very definition of the concept of social capital. A consensus concerning a standardized method of measurement, has not yet been reached. Based on the existing theoretical and empirical approaches, we suggest the use of a questionnaire where the principal component analysis should be applied as the most appropriate method of measurement.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 00-9.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 15 Dec 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2000_009

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Keywords: Social capital; Capitalism; Communism; Factor analysis; Principal component analysis; Questionnaire;

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  1. Anneli Kaasa & Eve Parts, 2007. "Individual-Level Determinants Of Social Capital In Europe: Differences Between Country Groups," University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Working Paper Series 56, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia).
  2. Sorin Daniel MANOLE & Alexandru-Ionut PETRISOR & Antonio TACHE & Ecaterina PÂRVU, 2011. "Gis Assessment Of Development Gaps Among Romanian Administrative Units," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 6(4), pages 5-19, November.
  3. Tarja Nieminen & Tuija Martelin & Seppo Koskinen & Jussi Simpura & Erkki Alanen & Tommi Härkänen & Arpo Aromaa, 2008. "Measurement and socio-demographic variation of social capital in a large population-based survey," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 85(3), pages 405-423, February.
  4. Fernando Perrini Daruge & Roberto Arruda de Souza Lima, 2011. "Social Capital And Its Influence On Rural Credit Market," ERSA conference papers ersa10p117, European Regional Science Association.

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