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M. Kamrul Islam

In 2006, M. Kamrul Islam led a group of top co-researchers (Juan Merlo, Ichiro Kawachi, Martin Lindström and Ulf-G. Gerdtham) to develop the history of social capital as it pertains to health. Here, besides bringing this history of how social capital ideas developed up to the present, Islam searches for and finds the first instance of the use of the phrase “social capital”. He also identifies the modern social capital researchers who first applied the modern usage.

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M. Kamrul Islam and Lorenzo Rocco

This chapter contributes to a clearly important area of social capital research. The authors experimented and applied modern econometrics, including one of the instrumental variables, to derive results on causality. Social capital of the workplace reduces worker absences due to sickness and several causes.

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M. Kamrul Islam, Sherman Folland and Oddvar Martin Kaarbøe

This chapter looks at the relationship of social capital with a variety of illnesses. It compares samples from the US and Norway that suggest a strong connection between the stress-reduction effects of social capital and the incidence among the 18 various diseases studied. Even diseases like asthma have a stress component that is negatively correlated with social capital.