Innovation and Social Capital: A Cross-country Investigation
AbstractThis 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-082.
Date of creation: 13 Oct 2009
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human capital; social capital; entrepreneurship; innovation; generalized and institutional trust; civic norms; associational activities;
Other versions of this item:
- Soogwan Doh & Zoltan Acs, 2010. "Innovation and Social Capital: A Cross-Country Investigation," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(3), pages 241-262.
- L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- O5 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-10-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENT-2009-10-24 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-HRM-2009-10-24 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-INO-2009-10-24 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2009-10-24 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-SBM-2009-10-24 (Small Business Management)
- NEP-SOC-2009-10-24 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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