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Innovation and Social Capital: A Cross-country Investigation

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  • Soogwan Doh

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    (George Mason University)

  • Zoltan J. Acs

    (George Mason University)

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This study explores the impact of social capital on innovation by constructing a more general measure of social capital indicator consisting of generalized and institutional trust, associational activities and civic norms. We test the hypothesis that social capital has a positive impact on innovation at the national level. After controlling for R&D expenditure and human capital there is a positive relationship between social capital and innovation. Social capital interacts with entrepreneurship and the strongest relationship is between associated activities and entrepreneurship. This is consistent with the need to build social relationships in today's networked economy.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-082.

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Date of creation: 13 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2009-082

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Keywords: human capital; social capital; entrepreneurship; innovation; generalized and institutional trust; civic norms; associational activities;

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  1. Semih Akçomak & Hanna Müller-Zick, 2013. "Trust and Innovation in Europe: Causal, spatial and non-linear forces," STPS Working Papers 1304, STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Dec 2013.

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