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Title:The empire is dead, long live the empire!: Values and human interactions 90 years after the fall of the Habsburg empire PDF Logo
Authors:Becker, Sascha O.
Boeckh, Katrin
Hainz, Christa
Woessmann, Ludger
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Arbeiten aus dem Osteuropa-Institut Regensburg, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Abteilung 290
Abstract:Do empires affect human values and behavior long after their demise? We hypothesize that the Habsburg Empire, which was characterized by a localized and well-respected administration, increased people's trust in local state services. In several Eastern Euro-pean countries, communities on both sides of the long-gone Habsburg border have been sharing common formal institutions for over 90 years now. In border specifications that restrict identification to individuals living inside a restricted band around the former border, we find that historical Habsburg affiliation increases current trust and reduces corruption in local public services. There is some indication that the Habsburg effect is also transmitted in person-state interactions more generally, but not in interpersonal interactions. Past formal institutions can leave a legacy through cultural norms even after generations of common statehood.
Subjects:Habsburg Empire
trust
corruption
institutions
geographical discontinuity
JEL:N33
N34
D73
Z10
ISBN:978-3-938980-39-2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Osteuropa-Institut Regensburg / München (OEI)

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