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