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Social Capital and Health. Exploring Associations between Bonding, Bridging, Vertical Social Capital and Life Expectancy, Adult, and Infant Mortality in 43 Countries, while Controlling for Absolute and Relative Incomes

Dekhtyar, Serhiy (2009)
Department of Economic History
Abstract
In recent years the concept of social capital has become particularly popular in epidemiologic literature for its hypothesized effects on health inequalities observable at national levels. This project evolves around the theory of social capital, particularly the interaction of its bonding, bridging and vertical forms and dimensions for health outcomes. It also incorporates a competing viewpoint arguing that social capital is a weak predictor of health outcomes, while the bulk of the effect on health should stem from material and structural causes behind absolute and relative deprivation. Using the most recent wave of the World Values Survey the study explores associations between state-level endowments of social capital and population... (More)
In recent years the concept of social capital has become particularly popular in epidemiologic literature for its hypothesized effects on health inequalities observable at national levels. This project evolves around the theory of social capital, particularly the interaction of its bonding, bridging and vertical forms and dimensions for health outcomes. It also incorporates a competing viewpoint arguing that social capital is a weak predictor of health outcomes, while the bulk of the effect on health should stem from material and structural causes behind absolute and relative deprivation. Using the most recent wave of the World Values Survey the study explores associations between state-level endowments of social capital and population health, also controlling for levels of absolute and relative income. Results indicate weak, inconsistent associations between social capital and health outcomes, captured by life expectancy, adult, and infant mortality in a sample of 43 countries. Instead, alternative neomaterial indicators preserve their significance across the full spectrum of models and specifications. Results challenge the popular belief that social capital is of considerable importance to health and indicate that economic determinants continue to be of primary significance, rather than the sense of community or trust. (Less)
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Dekhtyar, Serhiy
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
social capital, health, neomaterial theory, Social and economic history, Ekonomisk och social historia
language
English
id
1436937
date added to LUP
2009-06-08 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {In recent years the concept of social capital has become particularly popular in epidemiologic literature for its hypothesized effects on health inequalities observable at national levels. This project evolves around the theory of social capital, particularly the interaction of its bonding, bridging and vertical forms and dimensions for health outcomes. It also incorporates a competing viewpoint arguing that social capital is a weak predictor of health outcomes, while the bulk of the effect on health should stem from material and structural causes behind absolute and relative deprivation. Using the most recent wave of the World Values Survey the study explores associations between state-level endowments of social capital and population health, also controlling for levels of absolute and relative income. Results indicate weak, inconsistent associations between social capital and health outcomes, captured by life expectancy, adult, and infant mortality in a sample of 43 countries. Instead, alternative neomaterial indicators preserve their significance across the full spectrum of models and specifications. Results challenge the popular belief that social capital is of considerable importance to health and indicate that economic determinants continue to be of primary significance, rather than the sense of community or trust.},
  author       = {Dekhtyar, Serhiy},
  keyword      = {social capital,health,neomaterial theory,Social and economic history,Ekonomisk och social historia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Social Capital and Health. Exploring Associations between Bonding, Bridging, Vertical Social Capital and Life Expectancy, Adult, and Infant Mortality in 43 Countries, while Controlling for Absolute and Relative Incomes},
  year         = {2009},
}