Family Ties and Political Participation

28 Pages Posted: 13 May 2009

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Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Paola Giuliano

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

We establish an inverse relationship between family ties, generalized trust and political participation. The more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, transfer of resources, the lower is civic engagement and political participation. The latter, together with trust, are part of what is known as social capital, therefore in this paper we contribute to the investigation of the origin and evolution of social capital over time. We establish these results using within country evidence and looking at the behavior of immigrants from various countries in 32 different destination places.

Keywords: family ties, trust, culture

JEL Classification: Z10, Z13

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and Giuliano, Paola, Family Ties and Political Participation. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1402090

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