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Social Capital as Social Networks. A New Framework for Measurement

32 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2005  

Fabio Sabatini

Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Economics and Law; Euricse

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

The contribution of this paper to the social capital literature is twofold. Drawing on the Italian data, it firstly provides a new framework for measurement, allowing to build indicators for five different components of the multidimensional concept of social capital. Secondly, it provides a single, synthetic, measure capturing that particular configuration of social capital which the literature generally associates with positive economic outcomes. This measure is here referred to as "developmental social capital".

Keywords: Social capital, Social networks, Economic development, Principal component analysis, Multiple factor analysis

JEL Classification: A12, O10, O18, R11, Z13

Suggested Citation

Sabatini, Fabio, Social Capital as Social Networks. A New Framework for Measurement (June 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=755065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.755065

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