Peers and Culture
AbstractWe analyze the evolution of culture when parents socialize children to the cultural variants that maximize child lifetime utility. Parents invest in cultural transmission by taking into account that children are also influenced by peers. We model the influence of peers by assuming that children observe different cultural variants in their peer group, assign merit to them and adopt one variant, following a probabilistic adoption rule. We show that cultural diversity is sustainable even if all parents strive to transmit the same variant. We also show that a parental demand for cultural pluralism does not guarantee cultural diversity. Copyright � The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2008 .
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Volume (Year): 110 (2008)
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- SÃ¡ez-MartÃ, MarÃa & SjÃ¶gren, Anna, 2005. "Peers and Culture," Working Paper Series, Research Institute of Industrial Economics 642, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
- Maria Saez-Marti & Anna SjÃ¶gren, 2007. "Peers and Culture," IEW - Working Papers 349, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
- D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
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