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The role of social capital in reducing negative health outcomes among police officers

Gachter, Martin , Savage, David, & Torgler, Benno (2010) The role of social capital in reducing negative health outcomes among police officers. International Journal of Social Inquiry, 3(1), pp. 141-161.

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the role of social capital on the reduction of short and long run negative health effects associated with stress, as well as indicators of burnout among police officers. Despite the large volume of research on either social capital or the health effects of stress, the interaction of these factors remains an underexplored topic. In this empirical analysis we aim to reduce such a shortcoming focusing on a highly stressful and emotionally draining work environment, namely law enforcement agents who perform as an essential part of maintaining modern society. Using a multivariate regression analysis focusing on three different proxies of health and three proxies for social capital conducting also several robustness checks, we find strong evidence that increased levels of social capital is highly correlated with better health outcomes. Additionally we observe that while social capital at work is very important, social capital in the home environment and work-life balance are even more important. From a policy perspective, our findings suggest that work and stress programs should actively encourage employees to build stronger social networks as well as incorporate better working/home life arrangements.

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    ID Code: 32556
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: The contents of the journal can be freely accessed via the journal's website (See Official URL)
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    Keywords: Health and social capital, Negative health outcomes, Fairness, Trust, Cooperation
    ISSN: 1307-9999
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Labour Economics (140211)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Transport Economics (140217)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
    Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
    Deposited On: 10 Jun 2010 13:18
    Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 00:11

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