Eastern Economic Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 166–180 | Cite as

Older Migrants’ Social Capital in Host Countries: A Pan-European Comparison

  • Caroline Berchet
  • Nicolas Sirven
Symposium Article


Although a wide range of studies have tackled the outputs of social capital, fewer efforts have so far been dedicated to unveil its inputs. This study provides new empirical evidence on the determinants of social capital. The assumption to be tested is that the influence of “length of residence” on migrant’s social capital is different across host countries in Europe. The study makes use of data from the wave 2 of Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (2006–2007) on individuals aged 50 or more in 14 European countries. Social capital is measured through two binary variables of participation in social activities and high generalized trust.


social capital aging SHARE 

JEL Classifications

F22 O52 C31 



This work is part of the HEAPS research program (Health Economics of Ageing and Participation in Society, supported by grant number ANR-09-JCJC-0141-01 awarded by the National Research Agency, France. This paper uses data from SHARELIFE release 1, as of November 24, 2010 or SHARE release 2.4.0, as of March 17, 2010. The SHARE data collection has been primarily funded by the European Commission through the 5th framework program (project QLK6-CT-2001-00360 in the thematic program Quality of Life), through the 6th framework program (projects SHARE-I3, RII-CT-2006-062193, COMPARE, CIT5-CT-2005-028857, and SHARELIFE, CIT4-CT-2006-028812) and through the 7th framework program (SHARE-PREP, 211909 and SHARE-LEAP, 227822). Additional funding from the US National Institute on Aging (U01 AG09740-13S2, P01 AG005842, P01 AG08291, P30 AG12815, Y1-AG-4553-01, and OGHA 04-064, IAG BSR06-11, R21 AG025169) as well as from various national sources is gratefully acknowledged (see for a full list of funding institutions).

The authors would like to thanks the participants of the IV Workshop of the “Global Network on Social Capital and Health” held at the University of Padova (October 4 and 5, 2012). In particular, the authors would like to thank Lorenzo Rocco, Susan Averett, Richard M. Scheffler, Timothy Brown, Sherman Folland, Tor Iversen, Audrey Laporte, Lucas Ronconi, Florence Jusot, and Paul Dourgnon.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Berchet
    • 1
  • Nicolas Sirven
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.OCDE, 2, rue André PascalParisFrance
  2. 2.LIRAES, Université Paris DescartesParisFrance
  3. 3.IRDESParisFrance

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