This paper investigates the agrarian roots of social capital. I show that Italian areas exhibiting a higher share of temporary agricultural workers in the Post-Unification period register lower civic capital today. Spatial analysis and IV estimates using malaria as a source of exogenous variation indicate that the effect is robust even after controlling for social property relations being not randomly determined. Finally, I demonstrate that institutions affecting the benefits and costs of cultural norms generate persistent effects. I investigate the role of "industrial districts" as a mechanism to transmit the cultural trait of cooperation through time. Since they developed where temporary workers were relatively rare, I find those municipalities exhibiting high civic capital to have a higher propensity to belong to an industrial district.

(2022). The agrarian origins of social capital [journal article - articolo]. In JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR & ORGANIZATION. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/228263

The agrarian origins of social capital

Mariella, Vitantonio
2022

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This paper investigates the agrarian roots of social capital. I show that Italian areas exhibiting a higher share of temporary agricultural workers in the Post-Unification period register lower civic capital today. Spatial analysis and IV estimates using malaria as a source of exogenous variation indicate that the effect is robust even after controlling for social property relations being not randomly determined. Finally, I demonstrate that institutions affecting the benefits and costs of cultural norms generate persistent effects. I investigate the role of "industrial districts" as a mechanism to transmit the cultural trait of cooperation through time. Since they developed where temporary workers were relatively rare, I find those municipalities exhibiting high civic capital to have a higher propensity to belong to an industrial district.
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Mariella, Vitantonio
(2022). The agrarian origins of social capital [journal article - articolo]. In JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR & ORGANIZATION. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/228263
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