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Social Capital and Human Capital in the Colonies: A Study of Cocoa Farmers in Western Nigeria

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  • Nonso Obikili

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I examine the relationship between social and human capital in colonial Western Nigeria. Using data on expenditure of cocoa farmers in 1952, I show that farmers in townships with higher social spending individually spend more on education. The relationship holds after controlling for various characteristics of the farmers and the townships. Thus I show that there is a relationship between social and human capital and that this relationship was already present during the colonial era.

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  • Nonso Obikili, 2013. "Social Capital and Human Capital in the Colonies: A Study of Cocoa Farmers in Western Nigeria," Working Papers 382, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:382
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    Human Capital; social capital; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • N37 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Africa; Oceania

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