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Social capital and windfalls: Empirical evidence


  • Georgellis, Yannis
  • Sessions, John G.
  • Tsitsianis, Nikolaos


We examine the correlates of windfall gains amongst a sample of British respondents. Our results suggest that such gains are not random, but are significantly related to a variety of individual characteristics and traits. In particular, proxies of social capital are significantly related to the probability of receiving a windfall.

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  • Georgellis, Yannis & Sessions, John G. & Tsitsianis, Nikolaos, 2008. "Social capital and windfalls: Empirical evidence," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(3), pages 521-525, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:99:y:2008:i:3:p:521-525

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    1. Blanchflower, David G & Oswald, Andrew J, 1998. "What Makes an Entrepreneur?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 16(1), pages 26-60, January.
    2. Yannis Georgellis & John Sessions & Nikolaos Tsitsianis, 2005. "Windfalls, Wealth, and the Transition to Self-Employment," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 25(5), pages 407-428, December.
    3. Guido W. Imbens & Donald B. Rubin & Bruce I. Sacerdote, 2001. "Estimating the Effect of Unearned Income on Labor Earnings, Savings, and Consumption: Evidence from a Survey of Lottery Players," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(4), pages 778-794, September.
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    1. Powdthavee, Nattavudh & Boyce, Christopher J. & Wood, Alex M., 2011. "Can Money Change Who We Are? Estimating the Effects of Unearned Income on Measures of Incentive-Enhancing Personality Traits," IZA Discussion Papers 6131, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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