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On the Emergence of Social Norms

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  • Edward Cartwright

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We consider a model of conformity that permits a non-conformist equilibrium and multiple conformist equilibria. Agents are assumed to behave according to a best reply learning dynamic. We details the conditions under which a social norm and conformity emerge. The emergence of conformity depends on the distribution of intrinsic preferences, the relative costs and benefits of conformity and the topology of agent interaction.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0704.

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Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0704

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Keywords: Social norms; conformity; best reply;

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