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Long-Run Cultural Divergence: Evidence From the Neolithic Revolution

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Title: Long-Run Cultural Divergence: Evidence From the Neolithic Revolution
Authors: Olsson, Ola
Paik, Christopher
Issue Date: May-2015
Extent: 40
Publication type: report
Organization: Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
Keywords: Neolithic agriculture
comparative development
Western reversal
Abstract: This paper investigates the long-run infuence of the Neolithic Revolution on contemporary cultural norms and institutions as reflected in the dimension of collectivism-individualism. We outline an agricultural origins-model of cultural divergence where we claim that the advent of farming in a core region was characterized by collectivist values and eventually triggered the out-migration of individualistic farmers towards more and more peripheral areas. This migration pattern caused the initial c... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: JEL: N50, O43
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