English title: Social Capital and Economic Performance: A Meta-analysis of 65 Studies

Author(s): Hans Westlund - Frane Adam -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2010


This paper summarizes 15 years of empirical research at various spatial levels on social capital and economic performance. On the firm level, results are unambiguous: there is strong evidence of the impact of social capital on firms' performance. However, the results become less clear for spatial units with a large number of anonymous actors. The contradictory results of studies on national and regional levels can be explained in part by insufficient measures of the main component parts of social capital: social networks and the norms and values distributed among them. To develop measures for values like creativity, entrepreneurship and tolerance, and to find better measures for social networks, are the main challenges to future research.

Volume: 18

Issue: 6

From page no: 893

To page no: 919

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/09654311003701431

Journal: European Planning Studies

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