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Intergenerational transmission of preferences

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  • Bulte, Erwin H.
  • Horan, Richard D.

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We propose a perfect empathy model of cultural transmission to capture the evolution of preferences in a population. Unlike existing imperfect empathy models, focusing on stable interior equilibria, we demonstrate that a corner outcome will eventuate. However, which corner outcome emerges is unknown, and depends on the interplay of "history" and "expectations".

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  • Bulte, Erwin H. & Horan, Richard D., 2011. "Intergenerational transmission of preferences," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(1), pages 85-87, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:112:y:2011:i:1:p:85-87
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    1. Necker, Sarah & Voskort, Andrea, 2014. "Politics and parents — Intergenerational transmission of values after a regime shift," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 177-194.
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    3. Banuri, Sheheryar & Keefer, Philip, 2016. "Pro-social motivation, effort and the call to public service," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 139-164.

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