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Title: Family Ties and Political Participation
Author: Alesina, Alberto Francesco; Giuliano, Paola

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Citation: Alesina, Alberto, and Paola Giuliano. 2011. “Family Ties and Political Participation.” Journal of the European Economic Association 9 (5) (May 18): 817–839. doi:10.1111/j.1542-4774.2011.01024.x.
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Abstract: We establish an inverse relationship between family ties and political participation, such that the more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, transfer of resources, the lower is one's civic engagement and political participation. We also show that strong family ties appear to be a substitute for generalized trust, rather than a complement to it. These three constructs-civic engagement, political participation, and trust- are part of what is known as social capital; therefore, in this paper, we contribute to the investigation of the origin and evolution of social capital. We establish these results using within-country evidence and looking at the behavior of immigrants from various countries in 32 different destination places.
Published Version: 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2011.01024.x
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