SOCIAL CAPITAL, TRUST, AND THE AGRIBUSINESS OF ECONOMICS
By: Wilson, Paul N.
Wilson, Paul N., SOCIAL CAPITAL, TRUST, AND THE AGRIBUSINESS OF ECONOMICS, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 25, Issue 1, July 2000, Pages 1-13
Economists, including agricultural economists, have a long history of recognizing the importance of the behavioral foundations in decision making while ignoring these observable human dimensions in their economic models. The economics of social capital and trust, two important human characteristics influencing decisions, have captured the attention of economists in recent years. Recent empirical work demonstrates that social capital and trust considerations are prevalent and economically significant, especially in business. Trust alters the terms of trade, generates decision flexibility, reduces transaction costs, and creates additional time resources for management.