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    Social capital, industrial districts and regional unemployment in Italy

    Andriani, Luca (2012) Social capital, industrial districts and regional unemployment in Italy. Working Paper. Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK.

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    We consider the industrial districts “conductors” of social capital. Hence, we use the regional density of industrial districts to measure social capital and we analyse its impact on regional unemployment in Italy. By using regional data from the Italian National Statistical Office (ISTAT), we develop a pooled cross-sectional analysis based on the years 2001 and 2005. For a more robust analysis we divide unemployment into two types: general and youth. Interestingly, contrary to the theory of the “strength of position proposition” (Lin 2000), we find that both youth and general unemployment decreases with social capital only within low-educated individuals. In addition, within the low-educated group, empirical evidence shows that the magnitude of the effect of social capital on unemployment increases with the age.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: CIMR Research Working Paper Series, Working Paper No. 9 ISSN: 2052-062X
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Social capital, industrial districts, regional unemployment disparities, pooled cross sections
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for, Responsible Business Centre
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 15:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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