Social capital and health across European countries
AbstractWe 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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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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- B. van Groezen & R. Jadoenandansing & G. Pasini, 2011. "Social capital and health across European countries," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(12), pages 1167-1170.
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-05-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2009-05-16 (European Economics)
- NEP-HAP-2009-05-16 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HEA-2009-05-16 (Health Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2009-05-16 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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- 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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