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Social Capital: A Standard Method of Measurement


  • Hjollund, L.
  • Svendsen, G.T.


The purpose of this paper is to suggest a standard method of measurement for social capital. Various authors have investigated the influence of social capital on economic growth but still social capital has not been measured in any satisfactory way. So far, each survey has used its own ad hoc methodology due to the heterogeneity of the very definition of the concept of social capital. A consensus concerning a standardized method of measurement, has not yet been reached. Based on the existing theoretical and empirical approaches, we suggest the use of a questionnaire where the principal component analysis should be applied as the most appropriate method of measurement.

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  • Hjollund, L. & Svendsen, G.T., 2000. "Social Capital: A Standard Method of Measurement," Papers 00-9, Aarhus School of Business - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:aascbu:00-9

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    1. Anneli Kaasa & Eve Parts, 2007. "Individual-Level Determinants Of Social Capital In Europe: Differences Between Country Groups," University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Working Paper Series 56, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia).
    2. Wang, Hongmei & Schlesinger, Mark & Wang, Hong & Hsiao, William C., 2009. "The flip-side of social capital: The distinctive influences of trust and mistrust on health in rural China," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 133-142, January.
    3. Sorin Daniel MANOLE & Alexandru-Ionut PETRISOR & Antonio TACHE & Ecaterina PÂRVU, 2011. "Gis Assessment Of Development Gaps Among Romanian Administrative Units," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 6(4), pages 5-19, November.
    4. Tarja Nieminen & Tuija Martelin & Seppo Koskinen & Jussi Simpura & Erkki Alanen & Tommi Härkänen & Arpo Aromaa, 2008. "Measurement and socio-demographic variation of social capital in a large population-based survey," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 85(3), pages 405-423, February.
    5. Fernando Perrini Daruge & Roberto Arruda de Souza Lima, 2011. "Social Capital And Its Influence On Rural Credit Market," ERSA conference papers ersa10p117, European Regional Science Association.

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    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General


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