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Human Capital in the Creation of Social Capital: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets


Garett Jones


George Mason University - Department of Economics

John V. Nye


George Mason University - Department of Economics; National Research University Higher School of Economics

June 29, 2011

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-27

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We provide evidence that individuals selected from societies with high human capital are more likely to cooperate when placed in an environment comparable to the state of nature: The world of New York City diplomatic parking. National average IQ, a robust predictor of economic growth, is found to be a robust (negative) predictor of the number of unpaid parking tickets issued to a country's diplomatic delegation at the United Nations. Average years of education have a similarly strong relationship with civil behavior. Results hold after controlling for GDP per capita and corruption in the diplomat's home-country. We integrate this result into the experimental game theory literature on cognitive skills and pro-social behavior.

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Date posted: June 30, 2011  

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Jones, Garett and Nye, John V., Human Capital in the Creation of Social Capital: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets (June 29, 2011). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-27. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1875198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1875198

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John V. C. Nye
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
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National Research University Higher School of Economics
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