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Bridging versus Bonding Social Capital and the Management of Common Pool Resources

Baylis, Kathy / Gong, Yazhen / Wang, Shun

Abstract

Social capital facilitates community governance of common pool resources (CPRs), but not all social capital is alike. We argue that bonding social capital can improve CPRs management, while the effect of bridging social capital is mixed, depending on household poverty level and resource quality. We test these predictions using primary data from Yunnan Province in China on firewood collection on communal lands. We find that both bonding and bridging social capital decrease firewood extraction, but they erode each other's effect. Further, bridging social capital decreases firewood collection mainly for those near subsistence levels, or when forest quality is high.

Issue Date
2018-11
Citation
LAND ECONOMICS, v.94, no.4, pp.614 - 631, 2018
DOI
10.3368/le.94.4.614
Journal Title
LAND ECONOMICS
Start Page
614
End Page
631
ISSN
0023-7639
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