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Social Capital and Market Centralisation: A Two-Sector Model




We develop a two-sector model to analyze which kind of social organization generates social capital. The hypothesis is that social capital must be added as an important production factor when considering decentralization of production. Thus, market centralization processes in a capitalist society eventually may fragmentize and thus destroy social capital if the positive externality of local production and social capital is not taken into account. To our knowledge, no such attempt to model social capital has yet been undertaken and this gap or ‘missing link’ in economic debates has to be developed to grasp a more holistic understanding of the big differences in the wealth of nations or regions. The model shows that if the policy maker decides to centralize the economy, then the economy moves from an potentially stable equilibrium to an unstable one that may under certain condition even fluctuate forever.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2004_012

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    Social capital; market centralization; two-sector model; economic growth growth;

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    • 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
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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