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Essays in Economics of Institutions and Culture

In this dissertation, I present two distinct essays in economics of culture and institutions that can be read independently from one another. In Chapter 2, using the European Social Survey data, I investigate the impact of increased educational attainment, induced by compulsory schooling reforms, on religiosity and superstitious beliefs. I find consistently negative effects of education on religiosity, superstitious beliefs, social religious acts (attending religious services) and solitary religious acts (the frequency of praying). In Chapter 3, I examine the impact of culture of leisure and tax rates on labor force participation and hours worked of second-generation immigrants residing in 26 European countries. The results show that for women, both taxes and culture of leisure impact participation and hours worked. For men, taxes influence labor supply both at the intensive and the extensive margins, but culture of leisure has no impact.
Date08 July 2016
CreatorsPogorelova, Luiza Valeriyevna
ContributorsMocan, Naci, Chandler, Timothy, Newman, Robert, Depew, Briggs
Source SetsLouisiana State University
Detected LanguageEnglish
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