Institutional transplant and cultural proximity: Evidence from nineteenth-century Prussia

Giampaolo Lecce, L. Ogliari

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    This article presents evidence that cultural proximity between the exporting and the receiving countries positively affects the adoption of new institutions and the resulting long-term economic outcomes. We obtain this result by combining new information on pre-Napoleonic principalities with county-level census data from nineteenth-century Prussia. We exploit a quasi-natural experiment generated by radical Napoleonic institutional reforms and the deeply rooted cultural heterogeneity across Prussian counties. We show that institutional reforms in counties that are culturally more similar to France, in terms of religious affiliation, generate better long-term economic performance.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)1060-1093
    TijdschriftJournal of Economic History
    Nummer van het tijdschrift4
    StatusPublished - 1-dec-2019

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