Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Social Capital
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Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Social Capital

Edited by Yaojun Li

Social capital is fundamentally concerned with resources in social relations. This Handbook brings together leading scholars from around the world to address important questions on the determinants, manifestations and consequences of social capital. Combining cutting-edge theory and appropriate data and methods, it presents a challenge to both social capital researchers interested in explaining social inequality and to policy-makers with responsibility for designing effective measures for enhancing social cohesion.
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Chapter 19: Institution-spanning social capital and its income returns in China

Yanjie Bian, Lei Zhang, Wenbin Wang and Cheng Cheng


China’s gradual economic reform since 1978 has led to the coexistence of state and non-state sectors. Each sector contains a different kind of resources and opportunities from the other sector. This creates a dual-institutional structure in which institution-spanning social capital is a timely advantage for mobilizing different kinds of resources and opportunities across the sectors. Do institution-spanners retain higher-quality social capital and earn higher income than the non-spanners? We examine this question with the assistance of a 2009 survey we conducted in eight Chinese cities.

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