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Can We Trust Social Capital?

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This essay looks at the literature on social capital from the perspective of game theory. It reviews Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam and Social Capital: A Multifaceted Approach edited by Partha Dasgupta and Ismail Serageldin.

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  • Joel Sobel, 2002. "Can We Trust Social Capital?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 40(1), pages 139-154, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:40:y:2002:i:1:p:139-154
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/0022051027001
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