Social Capital and Human Capital in the Colonies: A Study of Cocoa Farmers in Western Nigeria

24 October 2013
Publication Type: Working Paper
JEL Code: D71, J24, N37

I examine the relationship between social and human capital in colonial Western Nigeria. Using data on expenditure of cocoa farmers in 1952, I show that farmers in townships with higher social spending individually spend more on education. The relationship holds after controlling for various characteristics of the farmers and the townships. Thus I show that there is a relationship between social and human capital and that this relationship was already present during the colonial era.

Working paper 382
1 October 2013
Journal: in Economic History of Developing Regions
23 February 2015