The production of social capital in US counties

Anil Rupasingha, Stephan J. Goetz, David Freshwater

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A growing belief exists that social capital contributes to economic growth of communities. In this paper, we identify inputs into the production of social capital at the level of US counties, using an array of individual and community factors that are theoretically important determinants of social capital. We use data from the Bureau of the Census, County Business Patterns, USA Counties on CD, National Center for Charitable Statistics, and the Regional Economic Information System for two time periods. Ethnic homogeneity, income inequality, attachment to place, education, age, and female labor force participation are strongly associated with levels of social capital across US counties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-101
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Socio-Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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