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Transnational Social Capital And Fdi: Evidence From Italian Associations Worldwide

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  • MARINA MURAT

    () (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

  • BARBARA PISTORESI

    (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

  • ALBERTO RINALDI

    (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Abstract

This paper studies the influence of a country¡¯s transnational social capital - defined as the shared customary values and beliefs of emigrant communities - on its external transactions. It uses Italy¡¯s emigrant associations abroad as a proxy of transnational social capital and measures its effects on Italy¡¯s bilateral FDI. Our results are that the associative activity of emigrants, which partly dates far back into the past, positively and strongly affects the Italian bilateral FDI, especially concerning the countries hosting the older associations and the FDI into Italy.

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  • Marina Murat & Barbara Pistoresi & Alberto Rinaldi, 2011. "Transnational Social Capital And Fdi: Evidence From Italian Associations Worldwide," Journal of Economic Development, Chung-Ang Unviersity, Department of Economics, vol. 36(4), pages 1-15, December.
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    Keywords

    Social Capital; Diaspora; FDI; Italy;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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