Culture and Institutions

69 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015

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Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Paola Giuliano

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

A growing body of empirical work measuring different types of cultural traits has shown that culture matters for a variety of economic outcomes. This paper focuses on one specific aspect of the relevance of culture: its relationship to institutions. We review work with a theoretical, empirical, and historical bent to assess the presence of a two-way causal effect between culture and institutions.

Keywords: culture, institutions

JEL Classification: P16, Z1

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and Giuliano, Paola, Culture and Institutions (August 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10773. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2645726

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