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Social Norms and Naive Beliefs

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  • Amrish Patel

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  • Edward Cartwright

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In this paper we analyse the effect that naive agents (those who take behaviour at "face value") have on the nature of social norms. After reviewing the use of signalling models to model conformity, we argue in favour of modelling naive inferences in tandem with standard Bayes rational inferences. Naive agents weaken the existence of social norms and reduce the range of actions that can become social norms.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0906.

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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0906

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Keywords: Signalling; Conformity; Social Norms; Naive beliefs;

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