On Representative Social Capital

35 Pages Posted: 20 May 2004

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Charles Bellemare

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; Centre Interuniversitaire sur le Risque, les Politiques Economiques et l'Emploi (CIRPÉE); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sabine Kröger

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

This paper analyzes data for a random sample drawn from the Dutch population who reveal their propensity to invest and reward investments in building up social capital by means of an economic experiment. We find substantial heterogeneity in the propensity to invest and in the propensity to reward investments. In particular, we find strong evidence that the young, elderly, and low educated individuals invest relatively less, but are relatively more likely to reward investments in social capital. On the other hand, labor market participation, income, and religion do not have any significant impact on behavior in the experiment.

Keywords: social capital investments, experimental economics, representative samples

JEL Classification: Z13, C90, C10

Suggested Citation

Bellemare, Charles and Kroger, Sabine, On Representative Social Capital (May 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=546144

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Sabine Kroger

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