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Human and social capital in rural areas

Katonáné Kovács, Judit and Navarro, Francisco and Labianca, Marilena (2016): Human and social capital in rural areas. Studies in Agricultural Economics, 118 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2063-0476

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This thematic issue of Studies in Agricultural Economics is composed of papers that examine human and social capital in rural development. The idea behind this choice of topic is to get a picture of the kind of research currently being undertaken in this field, how this research covers the important issue of rural development, in a world where there is “a shift toward a service orientated and knowledge-based economy based on individuals creativity in using accessible information to benefit and create values for themselves and others” (Salenbacher, 2015, p46), where there are “changes brought by technology, connectivity” (ibid. p.44), and an added challenge: climate change. Luthans et al. (2004) also underline that “The rising recognition of human resources as a competitive advantage in today’s global economy, human capital and, more recently, social capital are being touted in both theory, research, and practice” (p.45). There are many different definitions of human and social capitals, concepts that are sometimes hard to measure but essential to success. Human capital is most often described by indicators such as age, gender, education and health, but there are other factors such as experience, different skills, knowledge and ideas which determine this capital. According to the World Economic Forum (2016), the top ten skills needed in 2020 will be: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, service orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility. Social capital is defined as three strongly connected elements: trust, keeping norms and social relations built on transparency.

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Depositing User: Csaba Menyhárt
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 08:11
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