Globalization and the dynamics of cultural identity

Olivier, Jacques, Thoenig, Mathias and Verdier, Thierry (2008) Globalization and the dynamics of cultural identity. Journal of International Economics, 76, (2), 356-370. (doi:10.1016/j.jinteco.2008.06.009).


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This paper presents a simple model where micro-founded dynamics of cultural identity are endogenous and interact with an international trade equilibrium. This process generates a strong home bias under autarky. We then show that goods market integration causes a phenomenon of cultural divergence, whereby the distributions of cultures become more dissimilar across countries and one of the cultures that existed under autarky ultimately disappears. By way of contrast, we show that social integration causes cultural convergence and can counterbalance the effects of goods market integration.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0022-1996 (print)
Keywords: cultural identity, cultural transmission, international trade
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 157435
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2010 14:27
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 03:01

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