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Are Economic Values Transmitted from Parents to Children?


  • Marco Cipriani
  • Olivier Jeanne


Economic research shows that differences in cultural traits and values?for example, trust, or the propensity to cooperate and not free-ride on others?are important determinants of economic outcomes, such as growth, economic and financial development, and international trade. It?s much less clear, however, where these differences in economic-relevant values come from. While economists generally assume that they?re transmitted from parents to children, the empirical evidence to this effect is almost nonexistent.

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  • Marco Cipriani & Olivier Jeanne, 2014. "Are Economic Values Transmitted from Parents to Children?," Liberty Street Economics 20140106, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:86916

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    economic values; Public goods game;

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    • J00 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - General


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