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Croyances culturelles éducation et croissance
[Cultural beliefs education and growth]


  • Jellal, Mohamed
  • Bouzahzah, Mohamed


We consider a growth model with education, externalities and a cultural norm . We show that endogenous emergence of this cultural belief may lead to increasing the stock of human capital and accelerating national growth.The mechanism of this internalization is based on the existence of endogenous social status or identity pattern that encourages to the accumulation of knowledge. This cultural norm is presented as an informal mechanism which may be an effective substitute tool to a the formal institution given by a system of income taxation.

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  • Jellal, Mohamed & Bouzahzah, Mohamed, 2012. "Croyances culturelles éducation et croissance
    [Cultural beliefs education and growth]
    ," MPRA Paper 38763, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38763

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    1. Jellal, Mohamed & Tarbalouti, Essaid, 2012. "Institutions éducation et travail des enfants
      [Institutions education and child labor]
      ," MPRA Paper 39384, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Jellal, Mohamed & Bouzahzah, Mohamed, 2012. "Education and social returns an optimal policy," MPRA Paper 38860, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Culture; Beliefs; Education; Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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