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A model of cultural transmission, voting and political ideology

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  • Bisin, Alberto
  • Verdier, Thierry

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In this paper we present a model of cultural transmission of preferences on goods some of which are provided publicly through simple majority voting. We emphasize the existence of a two way causality between socialization decisions and political outcomes. This generales the possibility of indeterminacies and multiple self fulfilling equilibrium paths in cultural change and politics. We provide then a rationale for ideologies and collective socialization institutions as coordination mechanisms allowing cultural groups to preserve or shift political power in favor of their preference profile in the long run.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 16 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 5-29

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Handle: RePEc:eee:poleco:v:16:y:2000:i:1:p:5-29

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