Cultural similarities encourage economic cooperation. In this talk, we will explore the role of culture in promoting collaborative innovation through a series of behavioural experiments conducted in our study. In a controlled virtual lab, we observed cooperative behaviours of individuals under various generic frame-neutral cultural manipulations. Therefore, we will focus on how cultural similarity between ingroup, and outgroup members was modelled by four cultural dimensions: beliefs, fate, rituals, and experiences, and how knowledge sharing differed between ingroup and outgroup members due to trust induced from cultural manipulations. Additionally, we found that cultural similarity increases its comparative advantage in the presence of weak rule of law, and prosocial behaviours mediated the positive effects of cultural similarity on knowledge sharing.
About the Speaker
Dinithi is an Economist and a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities. She graduated from the Nanyang Technological University and her doctoral research focused on the dynamics of culture and its link to technology innovation and adoption. Her research explicitly examines how deep-seated cultural differences and institutions jointly explain cross-country variations in technology adoption behaviours and preferences. She explores economic behaviours of individuals by blending techniques from experimental economics with insights from psychology. Her research interests include applied econometrics, economic growth, long-run development, and behavioural economics.