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Rota, M., Palestini, A., Bramati, C. (2017). Hey judge: how cultural traits affect the efficiency of justice and development across regions. Sapienza University of Rome, mimeo.

This paper aims at identifying the channel through which inherited cultural traits a ect current economic development in the long run. The study, carried out using data on 102 Italian provinces, establishes a strong effect of inherited cultural traits on the di erent quality of current formal institutions, measured by the length of civil trials, whereby di erent levels of development are determined. Those e ects are robust to the inclusion of accumulation of human capital, past economic development, geographical characteristics, and current civic capital.


Rota, Mauro

Mauro Rota is Lecturer of Economic History at Sapienza University of Rome  

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