Family Ties and Political Participation
We establish an inverse relationship between family ties and political participation, such that the more individuals rely on the family as a provider of services, insurance, transfer of resources, the lower is one's civic engagment and political participation. We also show that strong family ties appear to be a substitute for generalized trust, rather than a complement to it. These three constructs-civic engagement, political participation, and trust- are part of what is known as social capital; therefore, in this paper, we contribute to the investigation of the origin and evolution of social capital. We establish these results using within-country evidence and looking at the behavior of immigrants from various countries in 32 different destination places.
We thank Fabrizio Zilibotti and two anomymous referees for their helpful comments, and Dorian Carloni and Giampaolo Lecce for excellent research assistanship. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.