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Culture and Colonial Legacy: Evidence from Public Goods Games

Latika Chaudhary, Jared Rubin (), Sriya Iyer () and Anand Shrivastava

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics from Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Abstract: We conduct a public goods game in three small towns in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Due to historical military conquest, until 1947 these towns were on opposite sides of a colonial border separating British India from the Princely States. Our research design offers a treatment comparison between the towns of (British) Kekri and (Princely) Sarwar, and a control comparison between Princely Sarwar and Shahpura. We find that participants from (British) Kekri are more co-operative in mixed-town groups. The differences are driven by individuals with family ties to the towns, highlighting the enduring effects of colonial rule on co-operation norms.

Keywords: cultural transmission; colonialism; public goods game; natural experiment; lab-in-the- eld experiment; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C93 C71 H41 H73 N35 N45 O17 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-his and nep-soc
Date: 2018-10-01
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