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Social capital and economic growth

Essential readings

Important readings

Putnam, R. (1993). Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy

Why do some democratic governments succeed and others fail? In a book that has received attention...

Algann, Y., Cahuc, P. (2010). Inherited Trust and Growth. American Economic Review, 100(5): 2060–92.

This paper develops a new method to uncover the causal e¤ect of trust on economic growth, by...

Zak, P. J., Knack, S. (2001). Trust and Growth. The Economic Journal 111 (470), 295-321

Why does trust vary so substantially across countries? This paper presents a general equilibrium...

Reading list archive

Aghion, P., Durlauf, S. N. (eds) (2005). Handbook of Economic Growth. Elsevier

Here is a list of chapters that are available online in working paper form, collected by Mark...

Akçomak, S., ter Weel, B. (2009). Social capital, innovation and growth: Evidence from Europe. European Economic Review, 53 (5), 544-567

This paper investigates the interplay between social capital, innovation and per capita income...

Annen, K. (2003). Social capital, inclusive networks, and economic performance. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 50(4), 449-463.

Empirical studies show that the relationship between social capital and economic performance is...

Antoci, F., Sabatini, F., Sodini, M. (2011). Economic growth, technological progress and social capital: the inverted U hypothesis. Metroeconomica

We set up a theoretical framework to analyze the possible role of economic growth and technological...

Upcoming events


The Economics of Informality Conference 2018

Mon, 2018-05-28 - Tue, 2018-05-29


Social capital, public participation and democracy

Wed, 2018-09-12 - Fri, 2018-09-14


Networks and Innovation

Thu, 2018-11-15 - Sat, 2018-11-17