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Record number 495782
Title Does social capital affect investment in human capital? Family ties and schooling decisions
Author(s) Falco, Salvatore Di; Bulte, Erwin
Source Applied Economics 47 (2015)2. - ISSN 0003-6846 - p. 195 - 205.
Department(s) Development Economics Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Africa - extended family - investments - kinship - moral economy

We analyse whether traditional sharing norms within kinship networks affect education decisions of poor black households in KwaZulu-Natal. Theory predicts that the size of the kinship network ambiguously impacts on the incentive to invest in human capital (due to opposing ‘empathy’ and ‘free-rider’ effects). Our empirical analysis, based on a range of different estimators, suggests the latter effect dominates: forced solidarity within the network discourages investments in human capital.

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