Creating Social Capital in Urban Communities: How to Maximize Returns on Investment

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Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:00am
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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

The Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations cordially invites you to a public talk


Radha Jagannathan (Rutgers University) and Michael J. Camasso (Rutgers University)


“Creating social capital in urban communities: How to maximize returns to investment?”


Introduction: Levente Littvay, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science (CEU)

Date: Friday, May 24, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Venue: CEU Faculty Tower 309 (Nador u. 9)


This presentation will begin with a brief review of the literature on the impact of social capital investment timing from both effectiveness and cost perspectives. We will then relate our experience on the timing issue using evaluation results from four different human and social capital development programs implemented in the United States. These programs were targeted at different age groups: the Nurture thru Nature (NtN) Program (elementary school students), the 21st Century Community Learning Program (middle school students), the Bridge-to-Employment (BTE) Program (high school students), and the STRIVE Job Training Program (adults). We will conclude with a discussion of the implications for returns to social capital investment conditioned on when such investment occurs over the lifecycle.

Dr. Radha Jagannathan is a professor of statistics, urban planning and policy development at Rutgers University, U.S.A. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.  She is a Fulbright scholar and winner of the prestigious Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize. Dr. Jagannathan is a recipient of DAAD Fellowship awarded by the German Higher Education Authority and the Bloustein School’s Jerome G. Rose Award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Jagannathan has published in many economic and policy analysis journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Science & Medicine, Social Service Review, and Evaluation and Program Planning. She has recently completed an econometric analysis of the child welfare system in the United States entitled “The Decision to Protect Children in the Age of Outrage: A New Perspective on Child Protective Services Reform” (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Michael J. Camasso is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at Rutgers University, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fulbright scholar and the recipient of the Richard W. Laity Academic Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of the Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize and NIMH Award for Promising Scholarship. Professor Camasso is the author of many journal articles that have appeared in scholarly journals such as Journal of Labor Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Research in Labor Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and many others. He has also authored three books for Oxford University Press and over a hundred reports on evaluating human and social capital programs in the public and private sectors.

Both Professors Camasso and Jagannathan are currently involved in a comparative study of the accumulation of human and social capital across Europe, the United States and India.