Well-being in Developing Countries
Edited by Jonathan Isham, Thomas Kelly and Sunder Ramaswamy
Since the mid-1990s, theoretical and empirical research on how social capital affects well-being has blossomed in the fields of economic development, and environmental and natural resource economics. Based on noted theoretical and empirical work in other social sciences, this concept is starting to work its way into the economist’s toolkit. In April 2000, participants in the 21st Annual Conference on Economics Issues at Middlebury College considered the implications of social capital research for the teaching and practice of development economics. Conference participants, drawn from a diverse range of academic and policy viewpoints, shared new research and field experiences as they related to this concept. The chapters of this volume originated with this conference. Putting a conference together and making it work is no easy task. We would like to acknowledge the wonderful help that we received from Melissa Dalais in taking care of all the details – big and small. The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation supported the conference. The Foundation has helped support, not only this annual conference, but also a series of lectures organized by the Department of Economics at Middlebury College: this has helped our economics faculty and students to have much more interaction with colleagues from the wider economic world than is typically possible at most undergraduate institutions. We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for making this possible and would like to thank the president, Julie Kidd, and the holder of the Christian A. Johnson professorship here at Middlebury College, David Colander. David, with his vast...