Gérard Roland
University of California at Berkeley



(Tuesday, 17th May 2016)

Title : Culture and Economics

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This lecture will give an introduction to the rapidly expanding field of culture and economics. I will give some background on this research, talk about the main methodologies used in research, go through some of the research on 1) the effects of culture on economic behavior, institutions and performance, 2) talk about the inertia of culture, 3) what we know about the determinants of cultural change in a country, 4) what we know about the determinants of cultural divergence across countries.

Bibliographical references :

Fernandez, R. (2011) "Does Culture Matter?" in, J. Benhabib, M. O. Jackson and A. Bisin, ed., Handbook of Social Economics, Vol. 1A, North-Holland, pp. 482-508.

Algan, Y. and P. Cahuc (2014) "Trust, Growth and Happiness:  New Evidence and policy Implications" in Handbook of Economic Growth, ed. Ph. Aghion and S. Durlauf, vol. 2A 2014.

Alesina, Alberto F. and Paula Giuliano (2014) "Culture and Institutions," Journal of Economic Literature

Gorodnichenko and Roland (2011) "Understanding the Individualism-Collectivism Cleavage and its Effects:  Lessons from Cultural Psychology"

Tabellini, G. (2010) "Culture and Institutions: Economic Development in the Regions of Europe," Journal of the European Economic Association 8(4), 677-716.