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The effects of inequality, fragmentation, and social capital on collective action in a homogeneous society: Analyzing responses to the 2005 Japan Census

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Using the initial response data to the 2005 Japan Census, I tried to ascertain the main determinants of the rate of uncollection. The major findings are as follows: (1) The decay of social capital lowers the response rate. (2) Inequality is associated with a low response rate, while generational heterogeneity is associated with a high response rate. This finding differs from the findings of previous studies. In sum, the effects of heterogeneities on collective action depend upon the features of society.

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  • Yamamura, Eiji, 2008. "The effects of inequality, fragmentation, and social capital on collective action in a homogeneous society: Analyzing responses to the 2005 Japan Census," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 2054-2058, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:5:p:2054-2058
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    1. Eiji Yamamura, 2011. "How Do Neighbors Influence Investment in Social Capital? Homeownership and Length of Residence," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 17(4), pages 451-464, November.
    2. Eiji Yamamura, 2011. "Homeownership and investment for social capital in Japan: Dynamic Panel approach," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(3), pages 2250-2259.
    3. Eiji Yamamura & Inyong Shin, 2012. "Heterogeneity, Trust, Human Capital and Productivity Growth: Decomposition Analysis," Journal of Economics and Econometrics, Economics and Econometrics Society, vol. 55(2), pages 51-77.
    4. Yamamura, Eiji, 2011. "Comparison of the effects of homeownership by individuals and their neighbors on social capital formation: Evidence from Japanese General Social Surveys," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 637-644.
    5. repec:kap:iaecre:v:17:y:2011:i:4:p:451-464 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Eiji YAMAMURA, 2011. "pOSITIVE EXTERNALITIES OF CONGESTION ON HEALTH: A CASE STUDY OF CHRONIC ILLNESS IN JAPAN FOR THE PERIOD 1988– 2009," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 6(3), pages 15-34, August.

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