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José Atilano Pena López and José Manuel Sánchez Santos
''The Olson - Putnam Controversy: Some Empirical Evidence''
( 2007, Vol. 26 No.4 )
This paper explores the causal link between associationism and general trust. First we study the principal components that constitute social capital. Then we contrast a structural model identifying the relations between the relevant variables in the so-called Olson-Putnam aporia. The results of the empirical test on the determinants of social capital allow us to conclude that the extension of horizontal networks maintains a direct relation with this form of capital, but not those of vertical type.
Keywords: Associationism Olson-Putnam controversy Social Capital Trust.
JEL: Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General
Z0 - Other Special Topics: General
Manuscript Received : Nov 19 2007 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 19 2007

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