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Towards a Narrow Definition of Social Capital: Which Role on the Italian Regional Development and Well-Being?


  • Marco Giovanni Nieddu

    () (University of Cagliari)


The concept of social capital still suffers from its "original sin", the historical process that led it to an excessively broad definition. The aim of this study is to isolate some of the key components – interpersonal relationships – from other concepts that are usually improperly pooled into them. A coherent measure allows analyzing some of the possible outcomes of social capital, that is growth and well-being: results confirm a positive association between social capital and well-being only. Also, an explorative investigation puts forward the creation of trust as a crucial stage in the process through which social capital generates its outcomes.

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  • Marco Giovanni Nieddu, 2011. "Towards a Narrow Definition of Social Capital: Which Role on the Italian Regional Development and Well-Being?," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, issue 4, pages 139-177, October-D.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:y:2011:i:4:p:139-177

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    social capital; trust; well-being; economic growth;
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    JEL classification:

    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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