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The Legacy of History for Economic Development: The Case of Putnam's Social Capital

  • Guido de Blasio

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    (Bank of Italy, Research Dept.)

  • Giorgio Nuzzo

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    (Bank of Italy, Branch of L'Aquila)

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    Putnam (1993) argues that (i) center-northern Italy has developed faster than southern Italy because the former was better endowed with social capital; and (ii) that the endowments of social capital across Italian territories have been highly persistent over centuries. This paper provides an empirical investigation of Putnam�s case. To evaluate the relevance of social capital, we present a test based on worker productivity, entrepreneurship, and female labor market participation. Using as instruments regional differences in civic involvement in the late ninetieth century and local systems of government in the middle age, we show that social capital does have economic effects.

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    Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 591.

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