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Record number 412054
Title A Dark Side of Social Capital? Kinship, Consumption, and Savings
Author(s) Falco, S. di; Bulte, E.H.
Source Journal of Development Studies 47 (2011)8. - ISSN 0022-0388 - p. 1128 - 1151.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2010.514328
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) south-africa - rural-areas - risk - insurance - arrangements - allocation - commitment - economics - networks - poverty
Abstract We explore whether traditional sharing norms in kinship networks affect consumption and accumulation decisions of poor black households in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Using a proxy for the number of family dependents, our results are consistent with the interpretation that households try to evade their ‘sharing obligations’ by (i) accumulating durables that are non-sharable at the expense of durables that may be shared and (ii) reducing savings in liquid assets. By attenuating accumulation incentives, kinship sharing may come at the expense of income growth – if so, a culturally-induced poverty trap can possibly eventuate. We demonstrate tentative evidence that more extensive kinship networks are associated with lower incomes
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