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Did Industrialization Destroy Social Capital in Indonesia?

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  • Edward Miguel

    (University of California, Berkeley & NBER)

  • Paul Gertler

    (University of California, Berkeley & NBER)

  • David Levine

    (Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of industrialization on social capital in Indonesia during 1985 to 1997 using repeated cross-sections of nationally representative surveys. We analyze a rich set of social capital measures including multiple measures of voluntary associational activity, levels of trust and informal cooperation, and family outcomes. There are three main findings. First, districts that experienced rapid industrialization showed significant increases in most social capital measures. Second, districts that neighbor rapidly industrializing areas exhibited high rates of out-migration, significantly fewer community credit cooperatives, and a reduction in "mutual cooperation" as assessed by village elders. Finally, initial social capital in a district did not predict subsequent industrial development. We present a model of social capital investment and migration consistent with these patterns. The empirical findings challenge existing results in the social capital literature, and may have implications for social instability in Indonesia since 1997.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jul 2004
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