The Use of Scandals in the Progress of Society
AbstractSocial 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Hamburg, Institute of Economics in its series Faechergruppe Volkswirtschaftlehre with number 105.
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