Culture: Persistence and Evolution

47 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2014

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Francesco Giavazzi

University of Bocconi - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ivan Petkov

Northeastern University

Fabio Schiantarelli

Boston College - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

This paper documents the speed of evolution (or lack thereof) of a range of values and beliefs of different generations of US immigrants, and interprets the evidence in the light of a model of socialization and identity choice. Convergence to the norm differs greatly across cultural attitudes. Moreover, results obtained studying higher generation immigrants differ from those found when the analysis is limited to the second generation and imply a lesser degree of persistence than previously thought. Persistence is also culture specific, in the sense that the country of origin of one's ancestors matters for the pattern of generational convergence.

Suggested Citation

Giavazzi, Francesco and Petkov, Ivan and Schiantarelli, Fabio, Culture: Persistence and Evolution (May 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20174, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2444541

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