The Consequences of Persistent Inequality on Social Capital: A Municipal-Level Analysis of Blood Donation Data
20 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2016 Last revised: 22 Dec 2016
Date Written: November 28, 2016
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
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