State Social Capital and Individual Health Status
We explore the relationship between individual health status and three separate measures of state social capital using data from the Current Population Survey, the General Social Survey and Putnam (2000). We find that state social capital is significantly associated with health status, even after controlling for several relevant individual characteristics and for unobserved sources of regional variation in health status. Nevertheless, the substantive importance of state social capital for individual health status is quite limited.
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