Does social capital help communities to cope with long-distance commuting?

Nicholas, Christopher, Welters, Riccardo, and Murphy, Laurie (2018) Does social capital help communities to cope with long-distance commuting? Regional Studies, 52 (12). pp. 1646-1657.

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Long-distance commuting (LDC) is a common occurrence in rural/remote regions. The literature shows that the impacts of LDC on residents in host regions can be diverse. To understand this diversity, this paper explores the potential mediating role of social capital between LDC impacts in a host region and the well-being of its residents. Using detailed information on residents’ social capital in a remote region, this paper confirms the negative relationship between LDC impacts and resident well-being, but it finds no evidence of social capital’s mediating role. It is hypothesized that lack of access to appropriate linking social capital may explain the findings.

Item ID: 52780
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1360-0591
Keywords: long-distance commuting; social capital; well-being; Australia; mediation analysis; case study
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Copyright Information: © 2018 Regional Studies Association
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 5 of the following PhD thesis: Nicholas, Christopher Roy (2018) Long distance commuting into Australian regions: its determinants and impacts on wellbeing in the region and social capital's capacity to mediate those impacts. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 03:32
FoR Codes: 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380118 Urban and regional economics @ 60%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440610 Social geography @ 40%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910203 Industrial Organisations @ 40%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910205 Industry Policy @ 60%
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