Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227310
Authors: 
Sgroi, Daniel
Redoano, Michela
Liberini, Federica
Lockwood, Ben
Bracco, Emanuele
Porcelli, Francesco
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13783
Abstract: 
In a pre-registered experiment involving 1,547 subjects across three Italian cities we exploit regional variation in background, language and diet to investigate the relationship between cultural identity, trust and cooperation. Subjects with relatives (especially maternal grandmothers) who originate in the north of Italy, and who share common cultural characteristics, contributed 15% more in a public goods game, displayed greater "social capital" such as trust in the government and more willingness to pay taxes, than did those whose language and diet identified them as being from the south. On the other hand, self-reported identity, a mainstay of the survey literature, had no predictive power. This highlights the importance of identity but only when it is measured appropriately.
Subjects: 
social capital
trust
identity
language
experiments
JEL: 
Z13
D91
C83
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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