Social Capital and Institutions in Rural Kenya: Is Machakos Unique

EfD Discussion Paper
1 January 2008

The revitalization of Machakos, Kenya, from overpopulation and resource degradation—seemingly by its population growth—has added another round to the Boserupian vs. Malthusian debate, and may make Machakos unique.


This study investigated Machakos’ improvement by looking at the role of social capital with principal component analysis and found significant differences between Machakos and two other Kenyan regions, particularly in the formation of associations.

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Publication | 8 April 2008