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Does Social Capital Promote Industrialization? Evidence from a Rapid Industrializer

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  • Edward Miguel

    (University of California, Berkeley and NBER)

  • Paul Gertler

    (University of California, Berkeley and NBER)

  • David I. Levine

    (University of California, Berkeley)

Abstract

A new stylized fact in development economics is the importance of social capital in promoting economic growth. This paper examines the effect of social capital on industrialization in Indonesia. We analyze a rich set of social capital and social interaction measures, including voluntary associational activity and levels of trust and informal cooperation. The main finding is that initial social capital does not predict subsequent industrial development across 274 Indonesian districts. Though these findings are for only a single nation and may not apply everywhere, they call into question recent claims regarding social capital and economic development. © 2005 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Edward Miguel & Paul Gertler & David I. Levine, 2005. "Does Social Capital Promote Industrialization? Evidence from a Rapid Industrializer," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 87(4), pages 754-762, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:87:y:2005:i:4:p:754-762
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