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

23 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2011

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Garett Jones

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center

John V. Nye

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

Date Written: June 29, 2011

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Jones, Garett and Nye, John V. C., 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1875198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1875198

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