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A tale of an unwanted outcome: Transfers and local endowments of trust and cooperation

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  • Accetturo, Antonio
  • de Blasio, Guido
  • Ricci, Lorenzo

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Transfers can do good; however, they can also result in massive failures. This paper presents a model that highlights the ambiguous nature of the impact of transfers on local endowments of social capital. It then describes an empirical investigation that illustrates that the receipt of EU structural funds causes a deterioration of the endowments of trust and cooperation in the subsidized regions.

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  • Accetturo, Antonio & de Blasio, Guido & Ricci, Lorenzo, 2014. "A tale of an unwanted outcome: Transfers and local endowments of trust and cooperation," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 102(C), pages 74-89.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:102:y:2014:i:c:p:74-89
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2014.03.015
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    Social capital; Political economy; Regional transfers;
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    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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