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Does social capital help solving real world collective action problems? The logic og collective inaction in non-western immigrants in Denmark

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A growing number of empirical macro-level studies show that social capital has various beneficial economic and political consequences. At the micro-level these beneficial effects are normally ascribed to the positive effects of social capital on transaction costs and/or the ability to solve collective action problems. However, these micro-level effects of social capital are more often assumed or postulated than empirically demonstrated. Using the collective action problem of organizing for the furthering of a common (collective) interest or good among non-western first-generation immigrants in Denmark this paper provides empirical evidence that the number of memberships in voluntary com¬mon-interest associations - i.e. the propensity to choose the cooperative strategy of joining this type of associations - is indeed positively and significantly related to the individual’s social capital endowment.
TitelIkke angivet
Antal sider18
ForlagDepartment of Political Science, University of Aarhus
StatusUdgivet - 2007
BegivenhedThe First World Meeting of the Public Choice Societies - Amsterdam, Holland
Varighed: 29 mar. 20071 apr. 2007


KonferenceThe First World Meeting of the Public Choice Societies

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