2015

Social Capital and the Family: Evidence that Strong Family Ties Cultivate Civic Virtues

Reprint No. 2015:3

Author(s): Martin LjungeYear: 2015 Title: Economica Volume (No.): 82 (325) Pages: 103–136
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I establish a positive relationship between family ties and civic virtues, as captured by disapproval of tax and benefit cheating, corruption and a range of other dimensions of exploiting others for personal gain. I find that family ties are a complement to social capital, using within-country evidence from 83 nations and data on second-generation immigrants in 29 countries. Strong families cultivate Universalist values and produce more civic and altruistic individuals. The results provide a constructive role for families in promoting family values, which challenge an ‘amoral familism’. Moreover, strong families are complementary with more developed and democratic institutions.


Reference:
Ljunge, Martin (2015), "Social Capital and the Family: Evidence that Strong Family Ties Cultivate Civic Virtues". Economica 82(325), 103–136.

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