The Impact of Social Capital on Human Wellbeing: Empirical Evidence from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Pakistan)

  • Fozia Munir Ph.D. Scholar, Kashmir Institute of Economics, University of AJK, Muzaffarabad
  • Mirajul Haq Assistant Professor, International Institute of Islamic Economics, IIU, Islamabad
  • Syed Nisar Hussain Hamadani Professor, Kashmir Institute of Economics, University of AJK, Muzaffarabad
Keywords: Social Capital, Wellbeing, Trust, Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Abstract

Maximization of wellbeing is the exceedingly targeted objective that conventional economics going forward. Keeping in view its central place, economists developed well-structured models and tools in order to measure and investigate wellbeing. In received literature, on the subject, various factors have been investigated that affecting wellbeing. However, wellbeing which is viewed from different approaches and is of a different form is not shaping equally with different types of factors. In this context, this study is an attempt to investigate how subjective wellbeing is affecting by social capital. The basic hypothesis is that “individual wellbeing moves parallel with its social capital”. The hypothesis is empirically tested using primary data set of 848 individuals collecting form Azad Jammu and Kashmir (Pakistan). The empirical estimates indicate that keeping other factors constant, an individual that embodied more social capital enjoy more wellbeing in their life. JEL Classification: B24, I30, C43

Published
2018-12-15