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Social Capital in Russia and Denmark: A Comparative Study

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This paper has three purposes: (p1) To study the relation between the main social capital definitions using empirical data. (p2) To compare the level of social capital in a new democracy (Russia) and an old one (Denmark). (p3) To show whether social capital matters for income generation and eventually to economic growth. The main results are: (r1) The differences in social capital between the two countries is similar by all social capital measures used. (r2) The level of beneficial social capital is roughly three times higher in the old democracy than in the former communist dictatorship. (r3) Social capital matters in the earnings equation. In both countries it explains roughly 40% of what human capital explains in both countries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Research areas

  • Social capital, Communism, Capitalism, Principal component analysis, Russia, Denmark

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