Building Social Trust: A Human Capital Approach
AbstractMuch evidence suggests individuals differ in their predisposition to cooperate, which is essentially a component of human capital. This paper examines the role of individual cooperative tendencies and their interactions with institutions in generating social trust; it also endogenizes cooperative tendencies using a human capital investment model. Multiple equilibria and ineffciencies exist due to positive externalities. An innovative fi?nding is that, when institutions are more e¤ective in punishing defecting behaviors, more people invest in cooperative tendencies and hence the endogenous social trust is higher, though the equilibrium cooperative tendencies are lower. This paper provides a plausible explanation for many empirical and experimental results
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Singapore Management University, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 08-2007.
Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: Published in SMU Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series
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- Fali Huang, 2007. "Building Social Trust: A Human-Capital Approach," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 163(4), pages 552-573, December.
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-06-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2009-06-17 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2009-06-17 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LTV-2009-06-17 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-SEA-2009-06-17 (South East Asia)
- NEP-SOC-2009-06-17 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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