We present the first lab-in-the field experiment on the Italian North-South divide. Using a representative sample of the population, we measure whether regional disparities in ability to cooperate emerge even if differences in geography, institutions, and criminal intrusion are silenced. We report that a behavioural gap in cooperation exists: Northern and Southern citizens react differently to the same incentives. Moreover, this gap cannot be accounted for by tolerance for risk, proxies of social capital, and ’amoral familism.’ At least a share of North-South disparities is likely to derive from persistent differences in social norms.

Amoral Familism, Social Capital, or Trust? The Behavioural Foundations of the Italian North-South Divide / Bigoni, Maria; Bortolotti, Stefania; Casari, Marco; Gambetta, Diego; Pancotto, Francesca. - In: ECONOMIC JOURNAL. - ISSN 0013-0133. - ELETTRONICO. - 126:594(2016), pp. 1318-1341. [10.1111/ecoj.12292]

Amoral Familism, Social Capital, or Trust? The Behavioural Foundations of the Italian North-South Divide

PANCOTTO, Francesca
2016

Abstract

We present the first lab-in-the field experiment on the Italian North-South divide. Using a representative sample of the population, we measure whether regional disparities in ability to cooperate emerge even if differences in geography, institutions, and criminal intrusion are silenced. We report that a behavioural gap in cooperation exists: Northern and Southern citizens react differently to the same incentives. Moreover, this gap cannot be accounted for by tolerance for risk, proxies of social capital, and ’amoral familism.’ At least a share of North-South disparities is likely to derive from persistent differences in social norms.
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Amoral Familism, Social Capital, or Trust? The Behavioural Foundations of the Italian North-South Divide / Bigoni, Maria; Bortolotti, Stefania; Casari, Marco; Gambetta, Diego; Pancotto, Francesca. - In: ECONOMIC JOURNAL. - ISSN 0013-0133. - ELETTRONICO. - 126:594(2016), pp. 1318-1341. [10.1111/ecoj.12292]
Bigoni, Maria; Bortolotti, Stefania; Casari, Marco; Gambetta, Diego; Pancotto, Francesca
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