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Creating and Enforcing Norms, With Special Reference to Sanctions

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  • Richard Posner

    (U.S.Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit)

  • Eric Rasmusen

    (Indiana University, Kelley School of Business)

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Two central puzzles about social norms are how they are enforced and how they are created or modified. The sanctions for violation of a norm can be categorized as automatic, guilt, shame, informational, bilateral- costly, and multilateral-costly. Problems in creating and enforcing norms are related to which sanctions are employed. We use our analysis of enforcement and creation of norms to analyze the scope of feasible government action either to promote desirable norms or to repress undesirable ones.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Law and Economics with number 9907004.

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Date of creation: 13 Jul 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwple:9907004

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Keywords: norms; punishment; sanctions; ostracism; collective action problem;

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