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Family Ties and Civic Virtues: Evidence on Wilson's "Moral Sense"

  • Martin Ljunge

    (University of Copenhagen and SITE)

I establish a positive relationship between family ties and civic virtues, as captured by disapproval of tax and benefit cheating, corruption, and a range of other dimensions of exploiting others for personal gain. I find that family ties are a complement to social capital, using within country evidence from 83 nations and data on second generation immigrants in 29 countries with ancestry in 85 nations. Strong families cultivate universalist values and produce more civic and altruistic individuals. The results provide a constructive role for families in promoting family values that support successful societies with a high state and fiscal capacity.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 12-07.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 25 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:1207
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