Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

The bright side of social capital: how 'bridging' makes Italian provinces more innovative

Crescenzi, Riccardo, Gagliardi, Luisa and Percoco, Marco (2011) The bright side of social capital: how 'bridging' makes Italian provinces more innovative. SERC Discussion Papers (SERCDP0096). Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (688kB) | Preview

Abstract

Social capital has remained relatively underexplored in innovation literature. Existing studies have failed to reach a consensus on its impact on local innovative performance: some empirical analyses emphasize a positive effect, others speak about a ‘dark side’ of social capital. This paper aims to fill this gap by shedding new light on the differential role of ‘bonding’ and ‘bridging’ social capital. The quantitative analysis of the innovative performance of the Italian provinces shows that social capital is an important predictor of innovative performance after controlling for ‘traditional’ knowledge inputs (R&D investments and human capital endowment) and other characteristics of the local economy. However, only ‘bridging’ social capital – based on weak ties – can be identified as the key driver of the process of innovation while ‘bonding’ social capital is shown to be negative for innovation. Instrumental variable analysis makes it possible to identify clear causal links between bridging (positive) and bonding (negative) social capital and innovation.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/SERC/publication...
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R15 - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Models
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 09:20
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2019 23:03
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Welsh Assembly Government
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58545

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics