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In Search Of Social Capital In Economics

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  • Robison, Lindon J.

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The economic well-being of economic agents is assumed to be interpersonally dependent and varies according to the strength of relationships, values, and social bonds. The extent of this interpersonal dependency is measured using social capital coefficients in a neoclassical model in which agents with stable preferences maximize utility. The model's predictions are tested empirically by asking agents how their distribution of a scarce resource is altered by relationships.

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  • Robison, Lindon J., 1996. "In Search Of Social Capital In Economics," Staff Papers 11589, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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    1. Robison, Lindon J. & Myers, Robert J. & Siles, Marcelo E., 1999. "Social Capital, The Terms Of Trade, And The Distribution Of Income," Staff Papers 11546, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.

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