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Usage de l'Internet et investissement en capital social


  • Thierry Pénard
  • Nicolas Poussing


This paper aims to understand the impact of the Internet on social capital. Does the Internet usage influence the investments in social networks? First, we theoretically address this question with a micro-economic model of social capital. Second, thanks to Luxembourg data, we evaluate the determinants of the investments in social capital via the Internet. The results show a complementarity between the online investments and the offline investments (measured by the belonging to some associations or formal organizations), except for individuals who have had professional or personal mobility and who tend to intensively use the Internet to invest in social capital.

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  • Thierry Pénard & Nicolas Poussing, 2006. "Usage de l'Internet et investissement en capital social," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 72(4), pages 413-446.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reldbu:rel_724_0413

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    1. Fabrice Le Guel & Mohamed El Hedi Arouri & Fabrice Rochelandet, 2010. "L’entrelacement des pratiques culturelles et de l’usage des TIC : une analyse économique," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 194(3), pages 33-55.

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    JEL classification:

    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis


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