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Cultural Identity and Social Capital in Italy

Daniel Sgroi, Michela Redoano, Liberini. Federica, Ben Lockwood, Emanuele Bracco () and Francesco Porcelli ()
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Michela Redoano: University of Warwick
Liberini. Federica: University of Bath
Ben Lockwood: University of Warwick

The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) from University of Warwick, Department of Economics

Abstract: Italy became one nation only relatively recently and as such there remains significant regional variation in trust in government and society (so-called “social capital”) as well as in language and diet. In an experiment conducted across three Italian cities we exploit variation in family background generated through internal migration and make use of novel measures of social capital, language and diet to develop a new index of cultural heritage. Our new index predicts social capital, while self-reported identity does not. The missing link between the past and current identity seems to come through grandparents (especially maternal grandmothers) who have a strong role in developing the cultural identity of their grandchildren.

Date: 2020
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