The endowment of social capital as a determinant of corruption

The objective of the present work is to address the role played by social
capital as an explanatory factor of corruption. In particular, we attempt to
estimate to what extent the perceived levels of corruption are associated to
certain forms of trust and social norms and, therefore, to social capital in its
diverse expressions. The empirical evidence suggests that generalized trust and
universalistic norms constitute a positive form of social capital that is inversely
related to corruption. By contrast, the particularistic expressions of trust
represent a negative social capital directly linked to the rising of corruption
José Atilano Pena López
José Manuel Sánchez Santos
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