Naïve Beliefs and the Multiplicity of Social Norms

Patel, Amrish and Cartwright, Edward (2012) Naïve Beliefs and the Multiplicity of Social Norms. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 168 (2). pp. 280-289. ISSN 0932-4569. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1628/093245612800933942) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In a signalling model of conformity, we demonstrate that naïve observers, those that take actions at face value, constrain the set of actions that can possibly be social norms. With rational observers many actions can be norms, but with naïve observers only actions close to that preferred by the ideal type can be norms. We suggest, therefore, that the naïvety or inexperience of observers is an important determinant of norms and how they evolve.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Edward Cartwright
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2013 11:38 UTC
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 12:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36863 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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