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Can We Trust Social Capital?

  • Joel Sobel

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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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Literature.

Volume (Year): 40 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 139-154

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:40:y:2002:i:1:p:139-154
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