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Title: Trust based social capital, economic growth and property rights: Explaining the relationship
Authors: Ahmad, Mahyudin
Hall, Stephen G.
First Published: 1-Jul-2015
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: International Journal of Social Economics, 2015
Abstract: Previous studies on social capital are able to show its significant growth-effect, however the majority of studies are in cross-sectional setting, and the widely used measure of social capital is generalized trust variable. Using panel estimation technique which hitherto has been limited in social capital studies, we show that generalized trust data obtained by the World Value Survey (WVS) are unable to yield sufficiently robust results in panel estimation due to missing observations problem. Subsequently, we propose a number of trust-alternative variables to proxy for social capital and re-estimate its effect on growth and property rights. The results improve significantly and we are able to show that social capital is a deep determinant of growth and it is affecting growth via property rights channel. The findings also give supporting evidence to the primacy of informal rules and constraints as proposed by North (2005) over the political prominence theory by Acemoglu, Johnson, & Robinson (2005). The results partially confirm the findings by Williamson & Kerekes (2011) on the underlying determinants of property rights and provide empirical support to the Clague, Keefer, Knack, & Olson (1999)’s argument of positive relationship between contract intensive money and property rights.
ISSN: 0306-8293
Links: TBA
Embargo on file until: 1-Jul-2017
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
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Description: JEL code: O43
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Economics

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