Social capital and regional social infrastructure investment: Evidence from New Zealand
AbstractIn this paper we link unique data on local social infrastructure expenditure with micro-level individual survey data of self-reported social capital measures of trust and participation in community activities. We use both probit and tobit models to estimate the impact of social infrastructure expenditure on social capital formation. Our results imply that the links between social capital, demographic characteristics, human capital, geography and public social infrastructure investment are rather more subtle and complex than much of the literature implies. While we find evidence in support of many of the hypothesized relationships discussed in the social capital literature, our results also suggest that the impact of public social infrastructure investment is affected by both selection effects and free rider processes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in its series Working Papers with number 10_03.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Social capital; trust; participation; public infrastructure; demography; geography;
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- NEP-ALL-2010-08-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2010-08-14 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-SOC-2010-08-14 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2010-08-14 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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- 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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