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Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes?

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  • Guiso, Luigi
  • Zingales, Luigi
  • Sapienza, Paola

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Economists have been reluctant to rely on culture as a possible determinant of economic phenomena. The notion of culture is so broad and the channels through which it can enter the economic discourse so vague that it is difficult to design testable hypotheses. In this paper we show this does need to be the case. We introduce a narrower definition of culture that allows for a simple methodology to develop and test cultural-based explanations. We also present several applications of this methodology: from the choice to become entrepreneur to that of how much to save, to end with the political decision on income redistribution.

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  • Guiso, Luigi & Zingales, Luigi & Sapienza, Paola, 2006. "Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes?," CEPR Discussion Papers 5505, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Culture; Economic outcomes; cultural; culture economics; culture-based;
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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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