The Impact of Social Capital on Educational Attainment: Evidence from Rural Areas of Pakistan

Muhammad Abrar-ul-haq


This study investigate the impact of social capital on child’s educational achievement and personality development by using primary data of Southern Punjab (Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar District). Through multi stage cluster sampling a total of 600 hundred household head were selected as sample size for this study. The educational production function was this study. This approach (educational achievement) was measured as output and other elements (Social capital) that have direct link with education was studied as inputs. The results indicate that while taken into account other variables, social capital resources have direct and indirect effects on their personality development and their educational achievement. Moreover, human and social capital do not exist in seclusion from each other. These two are connected in complex ways and to some extent, feed into each other. In other words, social capital promotes the development of human capital (education) and human capital take part in generating future human capital (education). This research helpful for educational policy makers in making better policies that are socially acceptable.

Keywords: Social Capital, Educational attainment, southern Punjab, Pakistan,

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