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Family Ties and Political Participation

  • Alberto F. Alesina
  • Paola Giuliano

We establish an inverse relationship between family ties and political participation, such that the more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, transfer of resources, the lower is one's civic engagment and political participation. We also show that strong family ties appear to be a substitute for generalized trust, rather than a complement to it. These three constructs-civic engagement, political participation, and 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. 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 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15415.

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Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Publication status: published as Alberto Alesina & Paola Giuliano, 2011. "Family Ties And Political Participation," Journal of the European Economic Association, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(5), pages 817-839, October.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:15415
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