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Paul Dourgnon (Irdes)

The concept of Social capital has a fairly long and interdisciplinary history. A convenient definition can be found in the World Bank papers: “Social capital refers to the institutions, relationships, and norms that shape the quality and quantity of a society's social interactions. Increasing evidence shows that social cohesion is critical for societies to prosper economically and for development to be sustainable. Social capital is not just the sum of the institutions which underpin a society – it is the glue that holds them together.”

The concept has been widely spread in social sciences, including sociology, political sciences, economics of development, and, more recently, Health economics. The Social Capital Global Network encourages research on the links between social capital and health.

The second SCGN workshop has been held in Paris, on Oct 10th and 11th 2008. It was jointly organized by IRDES, The Global Centre for Health Economics and Policy Research (GCHEPR) from Berkeley University and OECD.

  • The third seminary was on September 10-11 2010 in Oslo University, organized by the Université of Oslo and the Research Council of Norway.

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