Social Indicators Research

, Volume 124, Issue 3, pp 889–910 | Cite as

All in the Family: How Do Social Capital and Material Wellbeing Affect Relational Wellbeing?

  • Martina Menon
  • Ravi PendakurEmail author
  • Federico Perali


We use a unique dataset from Italy to investigate the impact of socioeconomic characteristics and social capital on family wellbeing and satisfaction. We assess wellbeing using four dimensions of satisfaction with family life: satisfaction with decision making processes, with relationships with partner and children, and with time spent with children. Social capital is measured through information about membership in organizations, trust, and interactions with others. We find that while socioeconomic characteristics in general do not have strong effects on family wellbeing, social capital matters for family life satisfaction.


Subjective wellbeing Relational satisfaction Social capital 

JEL Classification

D19 I31 Z13 



We are especially thankful to Judith A. Moe. All errors and omissions are the sole responsibility of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly
  2. 2.Graduate School of Public and International AffairsUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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