Maristella Botticini
Università Bocconi, Italy



(Tuesday, 1st June 2010)

Title : The Emergence and Persistence of Institutions

The lecture will illustrate how institutions, social norms, and cultural values emerge over time and how they interact with economic outcomes. We will focus on two different topics:

  • (1) the interactions among religious norms, investment in human capital, and economic performance, and
  • (2) the comparative analysis of marriage markets and marriage institutions across past and contemporary societies.

Bibliographical references :

Maristella Botticini and Aloysius Siow. (2003) "Why Dowries?" American Economic Review 93(4):1385–98.

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Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein. (2007) "From Farmers to Merchants, Conversions and Diaspora: Human Capital and Jewish History. Journal of the European Economic Association" 5(5), 885-926.

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