publication . Preprint . Other literature type . 2014

Online networks destroy social trust

Sabatini, Fabio; Sarracino, Francesco;
Open Access English
  • Published: 31 Aug 2014
Studies in the social capital literature have documented two stylised facts: first, a decline in measures of social participation has occurred in many OECD countries. Second, and more recently, the success of social networking sites (SNSs) has resulted in a steep rise in online social participation. Our study adds to this body of research by conducting the first empirical assessment of how online networking affects two economically relevant aspects of social capital, i.e. trust and sociability. We address endogeneity in online networking by exploiting technological characteristics of the pre-existing voice telecommunication infrastructures that exogenously deter...
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Other literature type . 2013
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