DP10773 Culture and Institutions

Author(s): Alberto F Alesina, Paola Giuliano
Publication Date: August 2015
Keyword(s): culture, institutions
JEL(s): P16, Z1
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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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.