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Record number 506699
Title Formal insurance and the dynamics of social capital : Experimental evidence from Uganda
Author(s) Cecchi, Francesco; Duchoslav, Jan; Bulte, Erwin
Source Journal of African Economies 25 (2016)3. - ISSN 0963-8024 - p. 418 - 438.
Department(s) Development Economics Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Africa - Informal institutions - Insurance - Social capital - Weapons of the weak

We explore howthe introduction of formal insurance affects the within-village dynamics of social capital in south-western Uganda. As a proxy for social capital,we use contributions in a public goods game. Consistent with existing evidence, our data suggest formal insurance crowds out social capital. However, and surprisingly, overall contributions to the common pot do not go down because insurance adopters reduce their contributions. Instead, social capital erodes because the uninsured, or the local poor, lower their contributions. We discuss what might explain this finding.

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