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The Use of Scandals in the Progress of Society

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  • Holler, M.J.
  • Wickstrom, B.-A.
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    Social conventions and norms can be modeled as equilibria of coordination games. it is argued that the critical mass necessary for a society to move from one convention, that is from one equilibrium, to another changes correspondingly with changes in the population structure due to generation shifts. A scandal is defined as a breach of the accepted norm by prominent persons.

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    Paper provided by University of Hamburg, Institute of Economics in its series Faechergruppe Volkswirtschaftlehre with number 105.

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    Length: 18 pages
    Date of creation: 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:fth:hambec:105

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    Keywords: GAME THEORY ; SOCIAL CHOICE ; CONFLICTS ; SOCIETY ; CULTURE;

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