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The Impact Of Social Capital On The Regional Growth And Competitiveness In Poland


  • Bronisz, Urszula
  • Heijman, Wim J.M.


This article aims at presenting different approaches to the phenomenon of social capital. The concept of social capital is ambiguous and that is why we will highlight a number of definitions of this notion. The central attention of the paper focuses on the relationship between social capital and regional development and competitiveness. The fundamental question concerns the impact of social capital on the regional economic performance. Hence, we will survey the empirical examination of 16 Polish regions in terms of social capital. We will also study whether the regional level of social capital depends on the level of competitiveness. The purpose of this article is also to make a contribution to the discussion concerning the relationship between economic development and social capital.

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  • Bronisz, Urszula & Heijman, Wim J.M., 2009. "The Impact Of Social Capital On The Regional Growth And Competitiveness In Poland," 113th Seminar, December 9-11, 2009, Belgrade, Serbia 57395, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ea113a:57395

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    1. Yves Léon, 2005. "Rural development in Europe: a research frontier for agricultural economists," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 32(3), pages 301-317, September.
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    1. Molem Christopher Sama & Elizabeth Ankiambom Chiatii & Nkwetta Ajong Aquilas & Ofeh Moses Abit, 2016. "Building social capital in the fishery communities of the South-West region of Cameroon: The case of Limbe municipality," Asian Journal of Agriculture and rural Development, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 6(7), pages 119-130, July.

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    Social capital; Regional growth; Polish regions; Community/Rural/Urban Development; International Development; Labor and Human Capital;

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