Theoretical Economics Letters

Volume 6, Issue 2 (April 2016)

ISSN Print: 2162-2078   ISSN Online: 2162-2086

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Social Capital, Perceptions and Economic Performance

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DOI: 10.4236/tel.2016.62024    1,834 Downloads   2,372 Views  


This paper describes how social capital emerges, relates to economic performance and evolves in the long run. Using the concept of psychological equilibrium, two types of individuals are generated in the population regarding their willingness to cooperate. We propose an evolutionary (learning) process over those types driven by the total payoffs of the psychological game, and provide a complete description of its dynamics. Macro-perceptions, defined as the individual perception of how cooperative the society is as a whole, are key to explain convergence to the full social capital state in the long run.

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Hernández, J. and Guerrero-Luchtenberg, C. (2016) Social Capital, Perceptions and Economic Performance. Theoretical Economics Letters, 6, 214-227. doi: 10.4236/tel.2016.62024.

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