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The Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?

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  • Roland, Gerald
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    This study provides evidence that culture understood as values and beliefs moves very slowly. Despite massive institutional change, values and beliefs in transition countries have not changed much over the last 20 years. Evidence suggests that culture is affected by the long run historical past, in particular the participation in empires for over 100 years. Current institutional evolutions in transition countries might be more affected by their long run past than by the communist experience of the twentieth century.

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    Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number wp2010-83.

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    Length: 18 pages
    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2010-83

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    Keywords: culture; institutional change; transition; economic history;

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    Cited by:
    1. Jan Fidrmuc, 2012. "How Persistent is Social Capital?," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 12-04, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.
    2. Zsolt Spéder & Balázs Kapitány, 2014. "Failure to Realize Fertility Intentions: A Key Aspect of the Post-communist Fertility Transition," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 33(3), pages 393-418, June.

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