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Essays on culture, institutions and long-term development

Abstract : This thesis consists of four empirical essays that contribute to the literature on the economics of persistence and the deep roots of economic development. The first chapter, “Long-Run Consequences of Labor Coercion: Evidence from Russian Serfdom”, investigates the long-term economic consequences of early forced labor institutions in Eastern Europe on the micro-level. The second chapter, “Law and Social Capital: Evidence from the Code Napoleon in Germany”, studies the causal impact of formal legal institutions on social trust within Germany. The third chapter, “Irrigation and the Origins of Collectivism”, examines whether pre-industrial agricultural production that used irrigation for the cultivation of crops led to the emergence of cultural values of collectivism. The fourth chapter, “Climate Risk, Cooperation, and the Co-Evolution of Culture and Institutions”, researches the consequences of historical climatic variability for the development of social cooperation and inclusive political institutions in European regions.
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Johannes C. Buggle. Essays on culture, institutions and long-term development. Economics and Finance. Institut d'études politiques de Paris - Sciences Po, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015IEPP0035⟩. ⟨tel-03648153⟩



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