Empirical models of cultural transmission

Alberto Bisin, Giorgio Topa

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    This paper reviews several issues concerning an empirical analysis of the endogenous formation of preferences, as well as cognitive and psychological traits. In particular we show by means of examples how, with existing data, it is possible to identify empirically the distinct influence of family and society at large in the determination of cultural traits, and to disentangle genetic inheritability from cultural and environmental factors determining cognitive and psychological traits.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)363-375
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of the European Economic Association
    Issue number2-3
    StatePublished - 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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