Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35418
Authors: 
Alesina, Alberto
Giuliano, Paola
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4150
Abstract: 
We establish an inverse relationship between family ties, generalized trust and political participation. The more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, transfer of resources, the lower is civic engagement and political participation. The latter, together with trust, are part of what is known as social capital, therefore in this paper we contribute to the investigation of the origin and evolution of social capital over time. We establish these results using within country evidence and looking at the behavior of immigrants from various countries in 32 different destination places.
Subjects: 
Family ties
trust
culture
JEL: 
Z10
Z13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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