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1 Social development and sub-national growth in developing countries Eelke de Jong Jeroen Smits

2 Setup Introduction Previous studies on social development and growth Hypotheses Dataset. Countries. Districts Results

3 Determinants of economic growth Many cross-country studies Dependent variable: change in income per capita Explanatory variables -Conditions at the beginning of the time period -Initial income per capita (convergence) -Economic and social indicators -Developments over the period of some variables -Sample periods are 2 -3 decades Hardly any study focusing on economic growth at sub-national level: Lack of data

4 Social capital and economic growth Trust high-trust lowers transaction costs. written contracts are less needed. government officials are more credible Cohesion and lack of conflicts facilitate growth. reverse causality

5 Social capital: groups Groups can invoke cooperation and solidarity, so that collective action problems can be solved easily, however they can also facilitate rent seeking Bridging social capital / Putnam-esque groups -Enhance economic growth Bonding social capital / Olsonian groups -Hamper economic growth (rent seeking)

6 Some previous studies Putnam (1993) Italian regions Knack and Keefer (1997) -29 countries World Values Survey for trust and civic cooperation Beugelsdijk (2006) -Trust reflects the quality of institutions -Knack and Keefer’s result is driven by a too heterogenous dataset -The effect of trust on growth is only significant for low trust societies, which are often relatively poor countries.

7 Hypotheses Indices of Social Development Our sample contains developing countries only We expect a positive relation between development and. trust. intergroup cohesion The relation between development and Clubs and associations is ambigious bridging social capital (+) bonding social capital (-)

8 Data description Data are from the Database Developing World, a huge household- level database with data from household surveys on 20 million persons in 100+ developing countries A district database is created by aggregating data from the household level to the “district” level Data are included for 377 districts in 30 developing countries For each district, data for two points in time are used to create a district panel. Time points are on average 5-6 years apart. Countries included are Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Dom. Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

9 Analyses Data are analyzed using two-level multilevel analysis Levels included are district and national The dependent variable is the change in district level of development between T1 and T2 Major independent variables are three Indices of Social Development: intergroup cohesion, interpersonal safety and trust, and clubs and associations, measured at T1 Both direct effects of the indices and interaction effects among the indices and between the indices and control factors are tested (to gain insight into the context dependency of the effect)

10 Variables Dependent variable is change in level of development at district level, indicated by a wealth index based on household assets. Assets included are TV, fridge, car, electricity, running water, flush toilet. Wealth index is standardized across districts and years The indices of social development are derived from ISD. Indices are taken from an ISD year preceding T1 by no more than three years or succeeding T1 by no more than one year. If indices were lacking from that ISD year, indices from another ISD year as close as possible to T1 were taken.

11 Control factors Average years of education of adults (25-55) in district at T1 and change therein between T1 and T2. Average occupational level in district and change therein between T1 and T2. Dependency ratio: Number of individuals aged 15-64 in district divided by number of individuals under 15 and over 64 and change therein between T1 and T2. Average household size in district and change therein between T1 and T2. Urbanization of district (urban=1) Convergence is addressed by including wealth at T1




15 Interactions with control factors (role of context) Positive effect of cohesion is stronger under more favorable circumstances (in areas that are more developed, urban, have higher levels of education and occupation and more favorable dependency ratios) Negative effect of clubs is stronger under more favorable circumstances (except interaction with dependency ratio, which is not significant) No significant interactions with trust: Effect of trust is significantly positive under all circumstances

16 Conclusions Interpersonal safety and trust is the most significant and robust social indicator for explaining economic development at the district level. Intergroup cohesion also significantly contributes to growth but is less robust The influence of clubs and associations is negative and thus seems to represent bonding social capital More favorable circumstances enhance the negative effect of clubs and associations and the positive effects of cohesion


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