Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations.


Nakhaie, M. R.,




This thesis uses the 1989 General Social Survey of Canada in an effort to investigate the potential influence of social capital on income attainment for full-time members of the Canadian workforce. As well, it evaluates the comparative effects of social capital and human capital. More specifically, the analysis investigates whether social capital provides an alternative explanation to human capital for income attainment in the context of ethnicity/race, gender, and immigrant status. Other variables that have been shown to influence income are controlled for, including age, occupation, employment sector, and region. The analysis reveals that both human and social capital have significant independent effects on income attainment. Human capital exerts a stronger effect than social capital and each appear to explain income attainment for some groups. Finally, despite the importance of these predictors, ethnicity/race, gender, immigrant status, as well as region, occupation, and employment sector are found to have independent effects on income attainment. Theoretical implications of findings are discussed.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .C39. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 0974. Adviser: M. R. Nakhaie. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.