In this study, we examine the extent to which structural conditions that favor investment in social capital affect mortality across nonmetro counties in Mississippi. To this end, we focus on four county structural conditions: (1) place of residence within county boundaries, (2) civic infrastructure, (3) economic conditions, and (4) county regional location. The results clearly indicate that structural conditions that favor investment in social capital lead to lower mortality. Specifically, concentration of disadvantage conditions has an independent effect on mortality. That is, its effect operates independentIy of other structural conditions. In contrast, the effects of place of residence and civic infrastructure do not operate independently from county economic conditions. The results also indicate that county regional location has no effect on mortality across nonmetro counties in Mississippi.
Parisi, Domenico, Steven Grice, Michael Taquino, and Duane Gill. 2002. "Social Capital, Structural Conditions, and Mortality: A Study of Nonmetropolitan Counties in Mississippi." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 18(2): Article 5. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol18/iss2/5