Cultural and Institutional Bifurcation: China and Europe Compared

Posted: 14 Jan 2010

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Guido Tabellini

Bocconi University - Department of Economics; Bocconi University - IGIER - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research; Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo)

Avner Greif

Stanford University - Department of Economics; Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

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Date Written: January 13, 2010

Abstract

How to sustain cooperation is a key challenge for any society. Different social organizations have evolved in the course of history to cope with this challenge by relying on different combinations of external (formal and informal) enforcement institutions and intrinsic motivation. Some societies rely more on informal enforcement and moral obligations within their constituting groups. Others rely more on formal enforcement and general moral obligations towards society at large. How do culture and institutions interact in generating different evolutionary trajectories of societal organizations? Do contemporary attitudes, institutions and behavior reflect distinct pre-modern trajectories?

Keywords: Value, Culture, China, City, Cooperation

JEL Classification: A,B,N

Suggested Citation

Tabellini, Guido and Greif, Avner, Cultural and Institutional Bifurcation: China and Europe Compared (January 13, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535848

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