Culture and Colonial Legacy: Evidence from Public Goods Games
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Chaudhary, L., Rubin, J., Iyer, S., & Shrivastava, A. (2018). Culture and Colonial Legacy: Evidence from Public Goods Games. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.33808
We conduct a public goods game in three small towns in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Due to historical military conquest, until 1947 these towns were on opposite sides of a colonial border separating British India from the Princely States. Our research design offers a treatment comparison between the towns of (British) Kekri and (Princely) Sarwar, and a control comparison between Princely Sarwar and Shahpura. We find that participants from (British) Kekri are more co-operative in mixed-town groups. The differences are driven by individuals with family ties to the towns, highlighting the enduring effects of colonial rule on co-operation norms.
cultural transmission, colonialism, public goods game, natural experiment, lab-in-the- eld experiment, India
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.33808
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