Andreas Bergh is associate professor in Economics at Lund university and fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm.

His research concerns the welfare state, institutions, development, globalization, trust and social norms.

He has published in journals such as European Economic Review, World Development, European Sociological Review and Public Choice. He is the author of 'Sweden and the revival of the capitalist welfare state" (Edward Elgar, 2014).

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it is my view that from the very beginning of social capital research, the social sciences’ approach to social capital has sabotaged attempts to understand its causes.  Social capital is usually defined as an aggregate variable: the norms and networks of a particular community, for example.  However, decisions to invest in social capital are made by individuals, not communities.  So without a definition of social capital that begins at the individual level we cannot begin to understand its formation

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Det er vel værd at bemærke, at Glaeser stadig tror at tillid bare er en del af social kapital. Så mens det giver god mening at investere i netværk osv., er det svætr at tænke på en 'investering' i ens basale forestillinger om andre mennesker.

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