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Social capital as social networks. A new framework for measurement

  • Fabio Sabatini

The contribution of this paper to the social capital literature is twofold. Drawing on the Italian data, it firstly develops a new framework for measurement, allowing to build indicators for five different components of the multidimensional concept of social capital. Secondly, it provides a single, synthetic, measure capturing that particular configuration of social capital which the literature generally associates with positive economic outcomes.

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Paper provided by University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics in its series Working Papers with number 83.

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Date of creation: Jul 2005
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