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Presidential Address Institutions and Culture

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  • Guido Tabellini

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How and why does distant political and economic history shape the functioning of current institutions? This paper argues that individual values and convictions about the scope of application of norms of good conduct provide the "missing link." Evidence from a variety of sources points to two main findings. First, individual values consistent with generalized (as opposed to limited) morality are widespread in societies that were ruled by non-despotic political institutions in the distant past. Second, well-functioning institutions are often observed in countries or regions where individual values are consistent with generalized morality, and under different identifying assumptions this suggests a causal effect from values to institutional outcomes. The paper ends with a discussion of the implications for future research. (JEL: A10, D7, E00) (c) 2008 by the European Economic Association.

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  • Guido Tabellini, 2008. "Presidential Address Institutions and Culture," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 6(2-3), pages 255-294, 04-05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:6:y:2008:i:2-3:p:255-294
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    JEL classification:

    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General

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