Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health
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Elgar Companion to Social Capital and Health

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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Chapter 5: Social capital and health across the life cycle

Eric Nauenberg

Abstract

This chapter applies the life cycle explanation of models by Modigliani (Modigliani and Brumberg, 1980) and by Glaeser et al. (2002) to guide investment in the social services available to people, especially the elderly. Do people invest in their own social capital so that it will be there when needed? The chapter identifies four pathways by which social capital benefits the elderly: providing information; reducing stress; developing personal responsibility; and social groups acting in concert.

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