Department   Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University  College of Asia Pacific Studies
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2015/09
Type Research paper (Academic/Professional Journal)
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title Can Social Capital Reduce Poverty? A Study of Rural Households in Eastern Bhutan
Contribution Type Joint Work
Journal Asian Economic Journal
Volume, Issue, Page 29(3),pp.243-264
Author and coauthor Galey Tenzin, Kaoru Natsuda
Details This study examines the impact of social capital on the poverty of rural households in eastern Bhutan, with a particular focus on households' participation in community groups, which can be a proxy for the structural aspect of social capital. Using a two-stage probit least squares simultaneous equation model, the present study reveals that social capital positively contributes to poverty reduction in Bhutan. This study also finds that non-farm income is important for poverty reduction in rural areas. Our results, however, indicate that poor households in remote areas are discouraged from participating in community groups.
ISSN 1467-8381