Do community-driven development projects enhance social capital? Evidence from the Philippines Labonne, Julien

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Labonne, Julien
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The Journal of Development Economics
Economics; Analysis; Business
To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: Byline: Julien Labonne, Robert S. Chase Keywords: Social capital; Community-driven development Abstract: We explore the social capital impacts of a community-driven development project in the Philippines in which communities competed for block grants for infrastructure investment. The analysis uses a unique panel data set of about 2100 households, aggregated at the village-level, collected in 66 treatment and 69 comparison communities. We provide both difference-in-differences and propensity score matching estimates. We find that the project increased participation in village assemblies and the frequency with which local officials meet with residents and had a negative impact on collective action. There is also more limited evidence of a positive impact of the project on bridging (i.e., generalized) trust and of a negative impact on group membership. Article History: Received 24 September 2008; Revised 18 August 2010; Accepted 18 August 2010
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