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Un atlante del capitale sociale italiano


  • Fabio Sabatini

    (University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics)


This paper is the Italian version of “Measuring Social Capital in Italy”, presented at the Third Forum for Young Researchers promoted by the Italian Sociological Association and at the Second Workshop for Young Economists organized by the University of Bologna. The contribution of this paper to the social capital literature is threefold. Drawing on Italian data, it firstly develops a new framework for measurement, allowing to build indicators of 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. Thirdly, it draws the first atlas of the Italian social capital endowments. Questo saggio propone un nuovo metodo per la misurazione del capitale sociale ed effettua un’indagine empirica sul territorio italiano. L’analisi è basata su un dataset di indicatori di cinque dimensioni fondamentali del capitale sociale: i legami familiari, i rapporti informali con amici e conoscenti, le organizzazioni volontarie, la partecipazione politica e la coscienza civica. Sui cinque gruppi di variabili viene effettuata un’analisi in componenti principali, con l’obiettivo di costruire indicatori sintetici per ciascuna dimensione e individuare eventuali dimensioni latenti. L’intero dataset è analizzato invece mediante un’analisi fattoriale multipla, nel tentativo di costruire una misura “unica” delle dotazioni complessive di capitale sociale di ciascuna regione italiana. Dall’analisi emerge una chiara distinzione tra due tipi di rete, rispettivamente formati dai legami forti tra familiari e dai legami deboli che collegano amici, conoscenti e membri delle organizzazioni volontarie. Queste due forme di capitale sociale sono diversamente distribuite sul territorio italiano: le regioni ricche di legami forti sono povere di legami deboli e viceversa.

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  • Fabio Sabatini, 2005. "Un atlante del capitale sociale italiano," Urban/Regional 0512013, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0512013
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    Cited by:

    1. Alessandro Bucciol & Fabio Landini & Marco Piovesan, 2012. "Unethical Minds: Individual Characteristics that Predict Unethical Behavior," Working Papers 24/2012, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
    2. Sabatini, Fabio, 2010. "Questionario e guida pratica per la misurazione del capitale sociale [Questionnaire and Guide Book for the Measurement of Social Capital]," MPRA Paper 21355, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Martino, Gaetano & Polinori, Paolo, 2010. "The individual contribution to income inequality: conceptual analysis and empirical investigation," MPRA Paper 34365, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Social capital; social networks; social norms; civil society; economic development; Italy. Capitale sociale; società civile; sviluppo economico;
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    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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