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Building trust? Conditional cash transfers and social capital

Attanasio, O.; Pellerano, L.; Polania, S.; (2008) Building trust? Conditional cash transfers and social capital. (IFS Working Papers WP08/0). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access


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In this paper we propose a measure of social capital based on the behaviour in a public good game. We play the public good game within 28 groups in two similar neighborhoods in Cartagena, Colombia, one of which had been targeted for over two years by a conditional cash transfer program that has an important social component. The level of cooperation we observe in the ‘treatment’ community is considerably higher than in the ‘control’ community. The two neighborhoods, however, although similar in many dimensions, turned out to be significantly different in other observable variables. The result we obtain in terms of cooperation, however, is robust to controls for these observable differences. In the last part of the paper we also compare our measure of social capital with other more traditional measures that have been used in the literature.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Building trust? Conditional cash transfers and social capital
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/4175
Language: English
Keywords: C92, D7, D85, H41
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14746
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