Culture: Persistence and Evolution
This paper documents the speed of evolution (or lack thereof) of a range of values and beliefs of different generations of US immigrants, and interprets the evidence in the light of a model of socialization and identity choice. Convergence to the norm differs greatly across cultural attitudes. Moreover, results obtained studying higher generation immigrants differ from those found when the analysis is limited to the second generation and imply a lesser degree of persistence than previously thought. Persistence is also culture specific, in the sense that the country of origin of one's ancestors matters for the pattern of generational convergence.
We would like to thank Alberto Alesina, Alberto Bisin, Rossella Greco, Luigi Guiso, Claudia Olivetti, John Seater, Andrei Shleifer, Guido Tabellini and participants to the BC Macro Lunch and the NBER Political Economy Program Spring 2014 Meeting, in particular Paola Giuliano, for very useful comments and suggestions. We also thank Julia Schiantarelli for providing inspiration for this paper through her Junior Thesis at Newton North High School, and Hayley Huffman. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the support of the Italian Ministry for Universities, PRIN grant 2010TBXAXB008. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Francesco Giavazzi & Ivan Petkov & Fabio Schiantarelli, 2019. "Culture: persistence and evolution," Journal of Economic Growth, vol 24(2), pages 117-154. citation courtesy of