Cultural interaction and economic development: An overview

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The rising scope and intensity of interaction between culturally polarized populations in a variety of political contexts has led to the emergence of a growing body of research on the reciprocal relationship between cultural interaction and economic development. This paper offers a brief overview of this literature. It first describes the multiple channels through which cultural divisions and economic development interact. Then, motivated by these observations, it presents a theoretical framework that highlights the scope for welfare-improving policy interventions in education, immigration policy and ethnic autonomy; surveys empirical evidence on such policies; and suggests directions for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-251
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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