Social Attitudes and Economic Development : an Epidemiological Approach

Abstract : In this paper we develop a new empirical approach to uncovering the impact of social attitudes on economic development. We first show that trust of second-generation Americans is significantly influenced by the country of origin of their forebears. In the spirit of the epidemiology literature, we interpret this phenomenon as the consequence of inherited social attitudes. We show that trust inherited by second-generation Americans from their country of origins has changed over time. This result allows us to use the inherited trust of second-generation Americans as a time-varying instrument to track back the evolution of trust in the home country of their parents. This strategy enables us to identify the specific impact of inherited trust on economic development relative to other traditional candidates, such as institutions and geography, by controlling for country fixed effects. We find that inherited trust has explained a substantial share of economic development on a sample of 30 countries during the post-war period, by improving total factor productivity and the accumulation of human and physical capital.
Type de document :
Pré-publication, Document de travail
2007
Liste complète des métadonnées

Littérature citée [51 références]  Voir  Masquer  Télécharger

https://hal-sciencespo.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01066088
Contributeur : Spire Sciences Po Institutional Repository <>
Soumis le : vendredi 19 septembre 2014 - 10:50:48
Dernière modification le : jeudi 11 janvier 2018 - 06:22:23
Document(s) archivé(s) le : samedi 20 décembre 2014 - 11:05:25

Fichier

cepr-dp6403.pdf
Fichiers produits par l'(les) auteur(s)

Identifiants

  • HAL Id : hal-01066088, version 1
  • SCIENCESPO : 2441/8813

Collections

Citation

Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc. Social Attitudes and Economic Development : an Epidemiological Approach. 2007. 〈hal-01066088〉

Partager

Métriques

Consultations de la notice

176

Téléchargements de fichiers

165