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Culture and Institutions

Alberto Alesina, Paola Giuliano

NBER Working Paper No. 19750
Issued in December 2013
NBER Program(s):   POL

A growing body of empirical work measuring different types of cultural traits has shown that culture matters for a variety of economic outcomes. This paper focuses on one specific aspect of the relevance of culture: its relationship to institutions. We review work with a theoretical, empirical, and historical bent to assess the presence of a two-way causal effect between culture and institutions.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w19750

Published: Alberto Alesina & Paola Giuliano, 2015. "Culture and Institutions," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 53(4), pages 898-944, December. citation courtesy of

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