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Social capital and the innovative performance of Italian provinces

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Gagliardi, Luisa and Percoco, Marco (2013) Social capital and the innovative performance of Italian provinces. Environment and Planning A, 45 (4). pp. 908-929. ISSN 0308-518X

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Identification Number: 10.1068/a45221

Abstract

Social capital has remained relatively underexplored in innovation literature due to the lack of consensus on the most suitable operationalisation for the analysis of innovative dynamics. This paper aims to fill this gap by looking at social capital as propensity towards civicness and prosocial behaviour that facilitates the circulation of nonredundant knowledge among otherwise disconnected groups. The quantitative analysis of the innovative performance of Italian provinces shows that social capital—proxied by blood donations and participation into voluntary associations—is an important predictor of innovative performance after controlling for ‘traditional’ knowledge inputs (R&D and human capital). In addition, instrumental variable analysis makes it possible to identify clear causal links between social capital and innovation, suggesting that social norms play an important role in shaping the incentives for knowledge generation, circulation, and accumulation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.envplan.com/A.html
Additional Information: © 2013 Pion and its Licensors
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 11:59
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 13:55
Projects: SSHCT-CT-2010-266959
Funders: European Union Seventh Framework Programme
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/46414

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