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Cultural interaction and economic development: An overview

Mark Gradstein and Moshe Justman

European Journal of Political Economy, 2019, vol. 59, issue C, 243-251

Abstract: The rising scope and intensity of interaction between culturally polarized populations in a variety of political contexts has led to the emergence of a growing body of research on the reciprocal relationship between cultural interaction and economic development. This paper offers a brief overview of this literature. It first describes the multiple channels through which cultural divisions and economic development interact. Then, motivated by these observations, it presents a theoretical framework that highlights the scope for welfare-improving policy interventions in education, immigration policy and ethnic autonomy; surveys empirical evidence on such policies; and suggests directions for further research.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2019.03.003

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