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Symbolic Values, Occupational Choice, and Economic Development

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  • Corneo, Giacomo

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    (Free University of Berlin)

  • Jeanne, Olivier

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    (International Monetary Fund)

Abstract

Channeling human resources into the right occupations has historically been a key to economic prosperity. Occupational choices are not only driven by the material rewards associated with the various occupations, but also by the esteem that they confer. We propose a model of endogenous growth in which occupations carry a symbolic value that makes them more or less attractive; the evolution of symbolic values is endogenous and determined by purposive transmission of value systems within families. The model sheds light on the interaction between cultural and economic development and identifies circumstances under which value systems matter for long-run growth. It shows the possibility of culturally determined poverty traps and offers a framework for thinking about the transition from traditional to modern values.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2763.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2007
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Publication status: published in: European Economic Review, 2010, 54 (2), 241-255
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Keywords: long-run growth; economic development; occupational choice; symbolic values;

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  2. Adriani, Fabrizio & Sonderegger, Silvia, 2009. "Why do parents socialize their children to behave pro-socially? An information-based theory," MPRA Paper 16107, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  14. Corneo, Giacomo, 2013. "Work Norms, Social Insurance and the Allocation of Talent," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 405, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.
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