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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: December 2008
Keywords: cultural identity, cultural transmission, international trade


Local EPrints ID: 157435
ISSN: 0022-1996
PURE UUID: bcc6775a-3082-4c30-8ddf-98556f81a5e2

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Date deposited: 07 Jun 2010 14:27
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:40

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Author: Jacques Olivier
Author: Mathias Thoenig
Author: Thierry Verdier

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