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The Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?

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  • Roland, Gerald

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This study provides evidence that culture understood as values and beliefs moves very slowly. Despite massive institutional change, values and beliefs in transition countries have not changed much over the last 20 years. Evidence suggests that culture is affected by the long run historical past, in particular the participation in empires for over 100 years. Current institutional evolutions in transition countries might be more affected by their long run past than by the communist experience of the twentieth century.

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  • Roland, Gerald, 2010. "The Long-Run Weight of Communism or the Weight of Long-Run History?," WIDER Working Paper Series 083, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2010-83
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    1. Jan Fidrmuc, 2012. "How Persistent is Social Capital?," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 12-04, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.
    2. Zsolt Spéder & Balázs Kapitány, 2014. "Failure to Realize Fertility Intentions: A Key Aspect of the Post-communist Fertility Transition," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 33(3), pages 393-418, June.
    3. Gintare Malisauskaite, 2015. "Comparing Eastern and Western Europe: has Communism succeeded in increasing educational attainments?," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 10,in: Marta Rahona López & Jennifer Graves (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 10, edition 1, volume 10, chapter 9, pages 183-210 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.

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    culture; institutional change; transition; economic history;

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