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Social capital as social networks. A new framework for measurement

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  • Fabio Sabatini

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The contribution of this paper to the social capital literature is twofold. Drawing on the Italian data, it firstly develops a new framework for measurement, allowing to build indicators for five different components of the multidimensional concept of social capital. Secondly, it provides a single, synthetic, measure capturing that particular configuration of social capital which the literature generally associates with positive economic outcomes.

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Paper provided by University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics in its series Working Papers with number 83.

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Length: 63
Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:sap:wpaper:wp83

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Keywords: Social capital; Social networks; Economic development; Principal component analysis; Multiple factor analysis.;

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  1. Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "The empirics of social capital and economic development. A critical perspective," Development and Comp Systems 0512015, EconWPA.
  2. Brian P. Hanley, 2013. "The False Premises and Promises of Bitcoin," Papers 1312.2048, arXiv.org, revised Feb 2014.
  3. Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "Does Social Capital Improve Labour Productivity in Small and Medium Enterprises?," Others, EconWPA 0509011, EconWPA.
  4. Fabio, Sabatini, 2005. "The empirics of social capital and economic development: a critical perspective," MPRA Paper 2366, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Mar 2007.
  5. Sabatini, Fabio, 2011. "The relationship between happiness and health: evidence from Italy," MPRA Paper 30948, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Garofalo, Maria Rosaria, 2011. "Il volontariato può sostenere lo sviluppo? Riflessioni metodologiche per la costruzione di un frame work teorico
    [Can the voluntary sector sustain the development path of an economy? Suggestions fo
    ," MPRA Paper 40008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. D'Angelo, Emanuela & Lilla, Marco, 2007. "Is there more than one linkage between Social Network and Inequality?," IRISS Working Paper Series, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD 2007-12, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.
  8. Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "The empirics of social capital and economic development: a critical perspective," Development and Comp Systems 0512008, EconWPA.
  9. Fabio Sabatini, 2012. "Who Trusts B erlusconi? An Econometric Analysis of the Role of Television in the Political Arena," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(1), pages 111-131, 02.
  10. Ann Owen & Julio Videras, 2009. "Reconsidering social capital: a latent class approach," Empirical Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 555-582, December.
  11. Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "Does Social Capital Improve Labour Productivity in Small and Medium Enterprises?," Others, EconWPA 0508005, EconWPA.
  12. Ferrante, Francesco & Sabatini, Fabio, 2007. "Education, social capital and entrepreneurial selection in Italy," MPRA Paper 2451, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  13. 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, Springer, vol. 85(3), pages 405-423, February.
  14. Luca Stanca, 2008. "With or Without You? Measuring the Quality of Relational Life Throughout the World," Working Papers, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics 144, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Jul 2008.
  15. Fabio Sabatini, 2006. "The Empirics of Social Capital and Economic Development: A Critical Perspective," Working Papers 2006.15, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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