Social capital, human capital and economic development: theoretical model and empirical analyses


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Researchers have mainly concentrated on traditional types of capital (natural, physical and human) in explaining the process of economic growth and development. Yet, it is now widely recognized that social capital is the missing link in this process.

Social capital, as conceived by its promoters is intrinsically relational and can only exist within a pattern of relationships. The emphasis placed on social capital focuses on the way in which the economic actors interact and organize themselves to achieve goals.

This thesis follows the literature on social capital. Specifically, this research is an exploration of the impact of social capital on socioeconomic outcomes such as education and economic growth. It is argued that, at the aggregate level, social capital impacts economic growth through its effect on human capital accumulation. Precisely, the interaction between social capital and human capital and their joint effects on economic growth is formalized in a multisector endogenous growth model. It is showed that, in contrast to existing alternative specifications, this setting assures that social capital enhances productivity gains by playing the role of a timing belt driving the transmission and propagation of all productivity shocks throughout the society whatever the sectoral origin of the shock.

At the individual level, we investigated whether social capital is an independent variable that explains educational outcomes of children in developing countries. Fixed effects and instrumental variable models have been used to address concerns about heterogeneity and endogeneity. The results suggest that social capital in the family contributes significantly to improve children educational attainment. Furthermore, the positive effects of social capital on education are not short lived, they last for the long term.

The main contribution of this research is to provide a formal modelling of the important relationships between social capital human capital and economic growth. Another contribution is the extension of the empirical research on social capital effects on education in developing countries.


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Éditeur
Presses universitaires de Louvain
Partie du titre
Numéro 682
Partie du titre
Volume 682
Auteur
Youyou Baende Bofota,
Collection
Thèses de la Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales, politiques et de communication
Langue
anglais
BISAC Subject Heading
BUS000000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Code publique Onix
06 Professionnel et académique
CLIL (Version 2013-2019 )
3283 SCIENCES POLITIQUES
Description public visé
Économistes, sociologues, études du développement, africanistes
Date de première publication du titre
10 décembre 2012
Type d'ouvrage
Monographie
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Date de publication
10 décembre 2012
ISBN-13
9782875580863
Ampleur
Nombre de pages de contenu principal : 172
Dépôt Légal
D/2012/9964/30
Code interne
86883
Format
16 x 24 x 1 cm
Poids
284 grammes
Prix
14,70 €
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1 General Introduction 1
1.1 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
1.2 Outline of the thesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2 Social capital, theory