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Cultural Differences and Institutional Integration

Number: 529
Year: 2014
Author(s): Luigi Guiso, Helios Herrera, Massimo Morelli
IIf citizens of different countries belonging to an economic union adhere to different and deeply rooted cultural norms, when these countries interact their leaders may find it impossible to agree on efficient policies, especially in hard times. Political leaders' actions are bound to express policies that do not violate these norms. This paper provides a simple positive theory and a compelling case study of the importance of cultural clashes when economies integrate, as well as a normative argument about the desirability of institutional integration. Namely, we argue that a political union, with a common institutions and enforcement of rules, is a solution which is most beneficial the greater is cultural diversity in an economic union.

Keywords: Cultural Norms, Institutions, Crisis Mismanagement
JEL codes: D72