The effects of specific occupations in position generator measures of social capital

Martin Hällsten, Christofer Edling, Jens Rydgren

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Abstract

The position generator is a widespread method for measuring latent social capital in which respondents are queried about contacts on a list of occupations predefined by the analyst. We separate out the unique contribution of each occupation to aggregated measures of social capital. It turns out that this contribution varies vastly: knowing a person in some occupations provides substance to measures of social capital, while knowing a person in a few occupations is irrelevant and contributes statistical noise and causes attenuation bias. We discuss the implication of our findings for the design of position generator measures generally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-63
JournalSocial Networks
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Free keywords

  • social capital
  • position generator
  • measurement error
  • Jack-knife
  • sociologi
  • sociology

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