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Social capital and health across European countries

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  • Bas van Groezen
  • Rashmi Jadoenandansing
  • G. Pasini

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We compare the effect of trust and civic participation on self-assessed health across ten European countries. We find that, after controlling for a rich set of socio-economic characteristics, for actual health status and for health-related behaviours, trust has a significantly positive effect on perceived health in Sweden and in Germany, but none in the other countries. Civic participation does have a positive and quite similar effect in all countries. Our conclusion is that they measure two different aspects of social capital that must be treated separately.

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Paper provided by Utrecht School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 09-04.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:use:tkiwps:0904

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  1. Owen O'Donnell & Eddy Van Doorslaer & Tom Van Ourti, 2013. "Health and Inequality," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-170/V, Tinbergen Institute.

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