Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27884
Authors: 
Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper series // Frankfurt School of Finance & Management 115
Abstract: 
In many analyses of the Chinese so-called economic miracle, cultural factors loom large. This paper offers a brief overview of recent economic approaches to culture and puts these into an analytical framework that highlights the dynamic and creative aspects of culture. I argue that China is a model case for the role of cultural hybridization in economic change. Culture is conceived as an arrangement of non-cultural elements into a meaningful pattern. With regard to this pattern, abstract categories can be defined which allow for the identification of stable cultural features in the longer run. The paper was prepared for a GTZ workshop on the impact of culture on economic development and institutional change (Kultur, institutioneller Wandel und Wachstum), held on January 28, 2009 at GTZ Eschborn.
Subjects: 
cultural determinants of growth
cultural hybridization
guanxi
localism
JEL: 
O10
P3
Z1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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