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Social Capital, Economic Growth and Transition Economies

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  • Svendsen, G.T.

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The notion of "social capital" was first introduced by the sociologist James Coleman in 1988. He defined it as "the ability of people to work togather for common purposes in groups and organizations". It is argued that a group with members that trust each other can accomplish more economic groth than a similar group without trust. In this way, Coleman has suggested that social capital is a new production factor which must be added to the conventional concepts of human and physical capital.

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  • Svendsen, G.T., 1998. "Social Capital, Economic Growth and Transition Economies," Papers 98-2, Aarhus School of Business - Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:aascbu:98-2
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    1. Bjørnskov, Christian & Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard, 2003. "Measuring social capital – Is there a single underlying explanation?," Working Papers 03-5, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
    2. Poulsen, Odile & Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard, 2004. "Social Capital and Market Centralisation: A Two-Sector Model," Working Papers 04-12, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
    3. Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard, 2003. "Social Capital, Corruption and Economic Growth: Eastern and Western Europe," Working Papers 03-21, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    SOCIAL CHOICE ; INTEREST GROUPS ; ECONOMIC GROWTH;

    JEL classification:

    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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