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Economic freedom and social capital

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  • Jeremy Jackson
  • Art Carden
  • Compton

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This article brings together two growing literatures, social capital and economic freedom, to examine whether economic freedom contributes to social capital. More specifically, using US state-level data from 1986 to 2004 and both OLS and System GMM dynamic panel estimation, we find that there is no clear trade-off between economic freedom and either the level or growth of social capital.

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  • Jeremy Jackson & Art Carden & Compton, 2015. "Economic freedom and social capital," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(54), pages 5853-5867, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:47:y:2015:i:54:p:5853-5867 DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2015.1058912
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