The Consequences of Persistent Inequality on Social Capital: A Municipal-Level Analysis of Blood Donation Data

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Daniel Oto‐Peralías

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Diego Romero‐Ávila

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Date Written: November 28, 2016

Abstract

This paper advances the hypothesis that persistent inequality affects cultural traits and undermines social capital. We use blood donation data at the local level in Southern Spain to document that, indeed, persistent inequality – as measured by land inequality – negatively affects blood donation, which indicates that it harms social capital. This evidence sheds new light into the debates on the consequences of inequality and the determinants of culture.

Keywords: Persistent inequality, land inequality, culture, social capital, blood donation

JEL Classification: C21, O1, O18, R1

Suggested Citation

Oto‐Peralias, Daniel and Romero‐Ávila, Diego, The Consequences of Persistent Inequality on Social Capital: A Municipal-Level Analysis of Blood Donation Data (November 28, 2016). Economics Letters, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876530

Daniel Oto‐Peralias (Contact Author)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Seville

Diego Romero‐Ávila

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

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