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Culture and Economic Growth

Edited by Enrico Spolaore, Professor of Economics, Tufts University, US
This two-volume set provides fundamental analyses of the relations between cultural variables and economic performance. It encompasses indispensable contributions by economists and other influential social scientists in this growing interdisciplinary area.
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Publication Date: 2014
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This two-volume set provides fundamental analyses of the relations between cultural variables and economic performance. It encompasses indispensable contributions by economists and other influential social scientists in this growing interdisciplinary area. The classic and more recent articles in the first volume cover the effects of values and religion on economic performance, the importance of social capital and trust for economic and political outcomes, and the connections between culture, institutions and development. The second volume includes recent theoretical and empirical economic analyses, focusing on the intergenerational transmission of historical and cultural traits and their effects on macroeconomic and microeconomic outcomes.

With an original introduction by the editor, the volumes will prove an essential tool for researchers, scholars and practitioners interested in the deep roots of economic outcomes and development.
‘This book provides a useful collection of 42 papers, mostly empirical, that highlight different channels through which culture affects economic growth. This collection, which includes studies from the disciplines of sociology and economics, focuses on recent work from the last two decades, but includes also important papers in the topic from the last century. . . . those who read the book will find it very useful for understanding the economic mechanisms that are translated from culture to economic prosperity nowadays.’
– Assaf Sarid, Journal of Regional Science
42 articles, dating from 1905 to 2013
Contributors include: A. Alesina, R. Barro, A. Bisin, O. Galor, A. Greif, G. Loury, D. North, G. Tabellini, T. Verdier, M. Weber
VOLUME I

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction Enrico Spolaore



PART I RELIGION, VALUES AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE

1. Max Weber ([1930] 2005), ‘The Spirit of Capitalism’

2. Max Weber ([1930] 2005), ‘Ascetism and The Spirit of Capitalism’

3. David Landes (2000), ‘Culture Makes Almost All the Difference’

4. Sascha O. Becker and Ludger Woessmann (2009), ‘Was Weber Wrong? A Human Capital Theory of Protestant Economic History’

5. Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein (2005), ‘Jewish Occupational Selection: Education, Restrictions or Minorities?’

6. Ronald Inglehart and Wayne E. Baker (2000), ‘Modernization, Cultural Change, and the Persistence of Traditional Values’

7. Robert J. Barro and Rachel M. McCleary (2003), ‘Religion and Economic Growth across Countries’

8. Luigi Guiso, Paolo Sapienza and Luigi Zingales (2003), ‘People’s Opium? Religion and Economic Attitudes’



PART II SOCIAL CAPITAL, TRUST AND DEVELOPMENT

9. Edward C. Banfield (1958), ‘A Predictive Hypothesis’

10. Glenn C. Loury (1977), ‘A Dynamic Theory of Racial Income Differences’

11. James S. Coleman (1988), ‘Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital’

12. Robert D. Putnam with Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti (1993), ‘Social Capital and Institutional Success’

13. Stephen Knack and Philip Keefer (1997), ‘Does Social Capital Have an Economic Payoff? A Cross-Country Investigation’

14. Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales (2004), ‘The Role of Social Capital in Financial Development’

15. Yann Algan and Pierre Cahuc (2010), ‘Inherited Trust and Growth’

16. Philippe Aghion, Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc and Andrei Shleifer (2010), ‘Regulation and Distrust’

17. Nathan Nunn and Leonard Wantchekon (2011), ‘The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa’



PART III CULTURE, INSTITUTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

18. Douglass C. North (1990), ‘Informal Constraints’,

19. Gérard Roland (2004), ‘Understanding Institutional Change: Fast-Moving and Slow-Moving Institutions’

20. Avner Greif (1994), ‘Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society: A Historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualist Societies’

21. Avner Greif and Guido Tabellini (2010), ‘Cultural and Institutional Bifurcation: China and Europe Compared’

22. Guido Tabellini (2008), ‘Institutions and Culture’

23. Amir N. Licht, Chanan Goldschmidt and Shalom H. Schwartz (2007), ‘Culture Rules: The Foundations of the Rule of Law and Other Norms of Governance’

24. Joel Mokyr (2005), ‘The Intellectual Origins of Modern Economic Growth’








VOLUME II

Contents

Acknowledgements

An introduction by the editor to both volumes appears in Volume I


PART I HISTORY OF POPULATIONS, PERSISTENCE, INNOVATION AND LONG-RUN DETERMINANTS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH

1. Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg (2013), ‘How Deep are the Roots of Economic Development?’

2. Louis Putterman and David N. Weil (2010), ‘Post-1500 Population Flows and the Long-Run Determinants of Economic Growth and Inequality’

3. Diego Comin, William Easterly and Erick Gong (2010), ‘Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 BC?’

4. Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg (2009), ‘The Diffusion of Development’

5. Klaus Desmet, Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín and Romain Wacziarg (2012), ‘The Political Economy of Linguistic Cleavages’



PART II ECONOMIC MODELS OF INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION AND THE EVOLUTION OF PREFERENCES AND CULTURAL TRAITS

6. Alberto Bisin and Thierry Verdier (2000), ‘“Beyond the Melting Pot”: Cultural Transmission, Marriage, and the Evolution of Ethnic and Religious Traits’

7. Alberto Bisin and Thierry Verdier (2001), ‘The Economics of Cultural Transmission and the Dynamics of Preferences’

8. Oded Galor and Omer Moav (2002), ‘Natural Selection and the Origin of Economic Growth’

9. Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti (2008), ‘Occupational Choice and the Spirit of Capitalism’

10. Guido Tabellini (2008), ‘The Scope of Cooperation: Values and Incentives’

11. Oded Galor and Stelios Michalopoulos (2012), ‘Evolution and the Growth Process: Natural Selection of Entrepreneurial Traits’




PART III CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND MICROECONOMIC BEHAVIOR

12. Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Sam Bowles, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, Herbert Gintis and Richard McElreath (2001), ‘In Search of Homo Economicus: Behavioral Experiments in 15 Small-Scale Societies’

13. Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel (2007), ‘Corruption, Norms, and Legal Enforcement: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets’

14. Raquel Fernández and Alessandra Fogli (2009), ‘Culture: An Empirical Investigation of Beliefs, Work and Fertility’

15. Alberto Alesina and Paola Giuliano (2010), ‘The Power of the Family’



PART IV CULTURAL BARRIERS TO EXCHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT

16. Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales (2009), ‘Cultural Biases in Economic Exchange?’

17. Gabriel J. Felbermayr and Farid Toubal (2010), ‘Cultural Proximity and Trade’

18. Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg (2012), ‘Long-Term Barriers to the International Diffusion of Innovations’