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Homeownership and investment for social capital in Japan: Dynamic Panel approach

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  • Yamamura, Eiji

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This paper explores how the rate of home-ownership and income inequality are related to the formation of social capital using panel data from Japan during the period 19862006. I have used Dynamic Panel estimation to control unobserved prefecture-specific fixed effects and an endogeneity bias. I have found through this estimation that the rate of home-ownership enhances the participation in voluntary activities, leading to social capital accumulation. This is in accord with findings from the United States (DiPasquale and Glaeser, 1999).

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 26182.

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