Call for Papers: One-day Workshop on Institutions and Culture in Economic Contexts

Venue: Birkbeck University of London, UK

Date: 20 June 2019

Organisers: The Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (Birkbeck University of London), The Centre for Comparative Studies of Emerging Economies (University College London), and The Institute for International Management (Loughborough University London)


This one-day workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to improve our theoretical, empirical and methodological understanding of the role of institutions and culture in different geopolitical and socio-economic contexts. A growing body of empirical and theoretical work shows that institutions and cultural aspects matter for a variety of economic, social and institutional outcomes, in high income as well as in emerging and developing economies. However, still, at present, culture and institutions are keywords belonging to two distinct research streams that rarely meet to engage in an interactive and constructive debate. This workshop aims to build an ad-hoc research platform for such a debate. We are interested in studies that address the role of institutions, cultural traits, and cultural differences on a variety of economic, social and institutional outcomes. Particularly, we focus on different contributions that institutions and cultural aspects may provide to better understand individuals and social attitudes towards rent-seeking behaviours, corruption, tax evasion, and institutional trust, among others. We are also interested in studies investigating how cultural traits and institutions relate to different forms of economic and institutional performance.

We welcome contributions from different academic disciplines (including, but not limited to, political science, economics, development studies, law, sociology and social psychology, and organisational studies), using different units of analysis (individuals, firms and organisations, sectoral, regional, country, cross-country level, etc.) and different methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative, and quantitative)

We invite submission of papers from any relevant discipline addressing issues including but not limited to:

  • Culture, Formal and Informal Institutions
  • Social Norms, Trust, and Social Attitudes Towards Rent-Seeking Behaviours
  • Measures of Culture and Cultural Dimensions
  • Culture, Corruption, Tax Evasion, and Tax Morale
  • Legal institutions, Cultural Traits, and Governance
  • Religiosity, Cultural Differences, and Institutions
  • Culture, Institutional Performance, and Institutional Trust
  • Cultural Differences, Social Capital, and Social Attitudes


Keynote speakers

Geoffrey Hodgson, Professor of Management, Institute for International Management of Loughborough University, UK. Chief Editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics

Anneli Kaasa, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia


 Application Deadline 

Submit a structured abstract (max. 500 words) by 24th April 2019 to

The submission should be sent with “Institutions and Culture in Economic Context” in the subject line

Structured abstracts: Submitted abstracts need to explicitly follow the following structure:

Research Type: Conceptual, Theoretical, Empirical or Review (select one)

Research Question/Issue: 1 or 2 sentences presenting the focus of the paper

Method: 2 or 3 sentences clarifying the methodological approach chosen, and data source, if the paper is conceptual/theoretical state the main framework your research builds on.

Key Findings/Insights: 2 to 3 sentences explaining the findings or insights derived from your study. This section should highlight the contribution of your work to the broader literature.

Implications: in this section, please state the broader implications of your findings for researchers and/or policy-makers, as appropriate.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 6th of May 2019.


Workshop Fees

There is no fee for attending the workshop. Participants will be offered lunch, coffee and snacks during breaks, and are invited to a closing reception with wine and nibbles.

Participants are however expected to cover for their own travel and accommodation costs.


Structure of Presentations:

Every paper presentation will be assigned a discussant. It is thus important to submit full papers two weeks before the workshop.


Convenors and Queries

For any queries, please contact any of the workshop convenors: Dr Luca Andriani (, Dr Randolph L Bruno (, Dr Elodie Douarin ( and Dr Gerhard Schnyder (