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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Regional Mobility and Social Capital

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Abstract:

This paper explores the effect of social capital on mobility, and the role of mobility in the decision to invest in social capital. At the end of a period, in which individuals work and invest in regionally immobile social capital, there may be an income shock. Given a negative shock, individuals have to decide whether to move so they can maintain their income but lose social capital, or to stay in the region, accepting the income loss but retaining their social capital. As a result, the effects of labour market shocks on mobility patterns depend on social environments.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1628/093245611797215521

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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  • Founded as Zeitschrift f�r die gesamte Staatswissenschaft in 1844.

    As one of the oldest journals in the field of political economy, the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE) deals traditionally with the problems of economics, social policy, and their legal framework. JITE is listed in the Journal of Economic Literature, the Social Science Citation Index, the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, and COREJ.

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