English title: Social Capital and Generosity A Multilevel Analysis

Author(s): Jennifer Glanville - Pamela Paxton - Yan Wang -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016


Although much is known about the individual-level predictors of volunteering, charitable giving, and informal helping, less is known about how the characteristics of communities shape generosity. In this article, we assess the predicted effects of both individual- and contextual-level social capital (social networks and generalized trust) on three forms of generous behavior using the European Social Survey, which provides complete data on over 30,000 respondents in 160 regions in 19 countries. The results suggest that regional-level trust is associated with more volunteering and donating to charities. In addition, regional-level social capital (the combination of trust and social ties) predicts greater volunteering. The relationship between contextual-level social capital and informal helping is weaker.

Volume: 45

Issue: 3

From page no: 526

To page no: 547

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0899764015591366

Journal: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

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