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Family Ties and Political Participation

  • Alesina, Alberto


    (Harvard University)

  • Giuliano, Paola


    (University of California, Los Angeles)

We establish an inverse relationship between family ties, generalized trust and political participation. The more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, transfer of resources, the lower is civic engagement and political participation. The latter, together with trust, are part of what is known as social capital, therefore in this paper we contribute to the investigation of the origin and evolution of social capital over time. We establish these results using within country evidence and looking at the behavior of immigrants from various countries in 32 different destination places.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4150.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Publication status: published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2011, 9 (5), 817-839
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4150
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