On the Emergence of Social Norms

Cartwright, Edward (2007) On the Emergence of Social Norms. Discussion paper. University of Kent, Canterbury (Full text available)

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Abstract

We consider a model of conformity that permits a non-conformist equilibrium and multiple conformist equilibria. Agents are assumed to behave according to a best reply learning dynamic. We detail the conditions under which a social norm and conformity emerge. The emergence of conformity depends on the distribution of intrinsic preferences, the relative costs and benefits of conformity and the topology of agent interaction.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion paper)
Additional information: Discussion Paper No. 07/04
Uncontrolled keywords: Social norms, conformity, best reply JEL classification: C7, D11
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2008 17:07
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 12:42
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4620 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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