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Long-Run Cultural Divergence: Evidence From the Neolithic Revolution

Författare och institution:
Ola Olsson (Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik); Christopher Paik (-)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Development Economics, 122 ( September ) s. 197-213
ISSN:
0304-3878
Publikationstyp:
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Fulltextlänk:
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This paper investigates the long-run influence of the Neolithic Revolution on contemporary cultural norms as reflected in the dimension of collectivism–individualism. We present a theory of agricultural origins of cultural divergence, where we claim that the advent of farming in a core region was characterized by collectivist values and eventually triggered the out-migration of individualistic farmers towards more and more peripheral areas. This migration pattern caused the initial cultural divergence, which remained persistent over generations. Using detailed data on the date of adoption of Neolithic agriculture among Western regions and countries, the empirical findings show that the regions which adopted agriculture early also value obedience more and feel less in control of their lives. The findings add to the literature by suggesting the possibility of extremely long-lasting norms and beliefs influencing today's socioeconomic outcomes.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Nationalekonomi
Nyckelord:
Neolithic revolution, culture, transition to agriculture
Postens nummer:
238453
Posten skapad:
2016-06-28 10:41
Posten ändrad:
2016-07-04 08:57

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