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Bridging Social Capital and Individual Earnings: Evidence for an Inverted U

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  • Katarzyna Growiec

    (University of Social Sciences and Humanities)

  • Jakub Growiec

    () (Warsaw School of Economics
    Narodowy Bank Polski)

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Based on data on a cross section of individuals surveyed in the 1999–2002 wave of World and European Values Surveys, we investigate the multilateral associations between bridging social capital, individuals’ earnings, as well as social trust and employment status. Our analysis provides robust evidence that the relationship between bridging social capital and earnings is inverted-U shaped. We carry out a range of tests in order to ascertain that this result is not driven by regressor endogeneity or omitted variables bias. We also identify significant interaction effects between bridging social capital, social trust, and employment status.

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  • Katarzyna Growiec & Jakub Growiec, 2016. "Bridging Social Capital and Individual Earnings: Evidence for an Inverted U," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 127(2), pages 601-631, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:127:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s11205-015-0980-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-015-0980-z
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    1. YODO Masato & YANO Makoto, 2017. "Household Income and the OECD's Four Types of Social Capital," Discussion papers 17119, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
    2. Katarzyna Growiec & Jakub Growiec & Bogumil Kaminski, 2017. "Mapping the Dimensions of Social Capital," Working Papers 2016-025, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Economic Analysis.
    3. Irene Daskalopoulou, 2019. "Individual-Level Evidence on the Causal Relationship Between Social Trust and Institutional Trust," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 144(1), pages 275-298, July.
    4. Wang, Hongjian & Nikolov, Plamen & Acker, Kevin, 2019. "The Wage Premium of Communist Party Membership: Evidence from China," IZA Discussion Papers 12874, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    5. Fabio Sabatini & Francesco Sarracino, 2017. "Online Networks and Subjective Well-Being," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 70(3), pages 456-480, August.
    6. Luis Rene Caceres, 2019. "Determinants of trust in government in Latin America," Remef - Revista Mexicana de Economía y Finanzas Nueva Época REMEF (The Mexican Journal of Economics and Finance), Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas, IMEF, vol. 14(3), pages 329-351, Julio - S.

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