Makro-Pic Seminar: Culture and Long-Run Development

Lecture number: 800919
Block Seminar: Friday and Saturday, January 17th and 18th, 2020.
Location: ZHG 1.140 (Fr) and OEC 1.165 (Sa)
Kickoff Meeting: October, 28th, 1-2pm (OEC 1.168)
Application: until November, 4th.
Registration: November, 5th-11th.
Extra Class: How to write a seminar paper: November, 14th, 4-6pm (OEC 1.163)
Final Prep Meeting: January, 8th 1-2pm (Oec 1.162)
Seminar Info: info
Supervision: Dr Katharina Werner: email   Devin Erel: email
Introductory reading for all participants: Guiso, L., Sapienza, P., & Zingales, L. (2006). Does culture affect economic outcomes?. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 20(2), 23-48. paper
Course material for participants is available at the course material webpage


1. Culture: Persistence and Evolution

Reference: Giavazzi, F., Petkov, I., & Schiantarelli, F. (2019). Journal of Economic Growth, 24(2), 117-154.

2. Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity

Reference: Desmet, K., Ortuno-Ortin, I., & Wacziarg, R. (2017). Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity. American Economic Review, 107(9), 2479-2513.

3. Long-run Persistence of Trust and Corruption

Reference: Becker, S. O., Boeckh, K., Hainz, C., & Woessmann, L. (2016). The empire is dead, long live the empire! Long-run persistence of trust and corruption in the bureaucracy. Economic Journal, 126(590), 40-74.

4. Global Evidence on Economic Preferences

Reference: Falk, A., Becker, A., Dohmen, T., Enke, B., Huffman, D., & Sunde, U. (2018). Global evidence on economic preferences. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 133(4), 1645-1692.

5. Family Values and the Regulation of Labor

Reference: Alesina, A., Algan, Y., Cahuc, P., & Giuliano, P. (2015). Family values and the regulation of labor. Journal of the European Economic Association, 13(4), 599-630.

6. Culture, Institutions, and the Wealth of Nations

Reference: Gorodnichenko, Y., & Roland, G. (2017). Culture, institutions, and the wealth of nations. Review of Economics and Statistics, 99(3), 402-416.

7. Cultural Differences in Europe

Reference: Alesina, A., Tabellini, G., & Trebbi, F. (2017). Is Europe an Optimal Political Area?. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 169-213.

8. Beliefs, Work, and Fertility

Reference: Fernandez, R. and Fogli, A., 2009, Culture: An empirical investigation of beliefs, work and fertility. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 1, 146–177.

9. The Organization of Firms Across Countries

Reference: Bloom, N., Sadun, R., & Van Reenen, J. (2012). The organization of firms across countries. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127(4), 1663-1705.

10. Culture, Context, and the Taste for Redistribution

Reference: Luttmer, E. F., & Singhal, M. (2011). Culture, context, and the taste for redistribution. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 3(1), 157-79.

11. The Effect of Language on Economic Behavior

Reference: Chen, M. K. (2013). The effect of language on economic behavior: Evidence from savings rates, health behaviors, and retirement assets. American Economic Review, 103(2), 690-731.

12. What Drives Women out of Management?

Reference: Guiso, L., & Rustichini, A. (2018). What drives women out of management? The joint role of testosterone and culture. European Economic Review, 109, 221-237.

13. The Culture of Honor and Homicide in the US South

Reference: Grosjean, P. (2014). A history of violence: The culture of honor and homicide in the US South. Journal of the European Economic Association, 12(5), 1285-1316.

14. The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa

Reference: Nunn, N., & Wantchekon, L. (2011). The slave trade and the origins of mistrust in Africa. American Economic Review, 101(7), 3221-52.

15. The Medieval Origins of Anti-Semitic Violence in Nazi Germany

Reference: Voigtländer, N., & Voth, H. J. (2011). Persecution perpetuated: The medieval origins of anti-Semitic violence in Nazi Germany. Quarterly Journal of Economics 127 (2012): 1339-1392