Social capital and social dysfunction: Evidence from Dutch Municipalities

Semih Akcomak, UNU-MERIT

This paper investigates the dynamic relation between social capital and social dysfunction. By employing current and historical data over 450 municipalities in Netherlands and by providing novel indicators to measure presence and absence of social capital, we present in depth analysis on the link between social capital and social dysfunction such as crime and family brake down. Our results show that higher level of social capital is associated with lower crime rates and that population heterogeneity and family brake down affect crime through social capital.

Venue: UNU-MERIT, Seminar Room, 4th floor

Date: 25 April 2007

Time: 16:00  CET