Culture and Institutions

ALBERTO ALESINA AND PAOLA GIULIANO
NBER WORKING PAPER No. 19750 (2013)

Abstract: A growing body of new empirical work has measured different types of cultural traits, showing that culture matters for a variety of economic outcomes. This paper focuses on one specific aspect of the relevance of culture: its relationship with institutions. Evidence from theoretical, empirical, and historical examples is reviewed to critically asses the presence of a two-way causal effect between culture and institutions.