Social Attitudes and Macroeconomic Performance: An Epidemiological Approach 1

@inproceedings{Algan2007SocialAA,
  title={Social Attitudes and Macroeconomic Performance: An Epidemiological Approach 1},
  author={Yann Algan and Pierre Cahuc},
  year={2007}
}
In this paper we develop a new empirical approach to uncover the causal link from social attitudes to economic development. We …rst show that social attitudes of second-generation Americans are signi…cantly in‡uenced by the country of origin of their forebears. In the spirit of the epidemiology literature, we interpret this phenomenon as the consequence of a causal e¤ect of inherited social attitudes. This leads us to use the social attitudes of second-generation Americans as an instrument for… CONTINUE READING

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