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Sherman Folland

This chapter introduces social capital concepts and explains the main hypotheses described in the economic approach. Health economists develop multivariate regressions where several of the independent variables are chosen to represent social capital. The dependent variable is chosen to represent health. Various covariates are included to adjust for extraneous factors.

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Sherman Folland

This chapter presents a mathematical model of social capital in which one’s utility increases when there is a gain in social capital. Risk-taking behavior becomes less attractive when the person has “more to lose”. A graphical extension to the model adds money and resources so that the risk of loss affects the trade-off between money and the “bad”, which is now less desirable. The review of recent empirical evidence for cigarette smoking, illegal drugs and alcohol offers support to the results from this model.

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Edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg

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Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg

The Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health brings together work from a wide variety of social science disciplines that have been attracted to the promise and the problems of social capital: sociology, political science, economics, epidemiology, psychology, and neurology. Contributors to the Companion come from wide geographic areas of Europe and North America as well as the Middle East. Most of the Companion chapters focus on the theoretical or empirical content of social capital issues. Several, however, will benefit those curious about social capital per se. We believe that a side benefit of this diverse collection is the opportunity to compare different analytical approaches of various disciplines and cultures.

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Edited by Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg

Sherman Folland and Eric Nauenberg present the cutting edge of research covering the ever-expanding social capital field. With excellent contributions from leading academics, the Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health offers a developed examination of new research across sociology, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and political science.
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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.