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Are conventions solutions to uncertainty? contrasting visions of social coordination


  • John Latsis

    (Balliol College - University of Oxford [Oxford])

  • Guillemette De Larquier

    () (CEE - Centre d'études de l'emploi - M.E.N.E.S.R. - Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Santé, EconomiX - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Franck Bessis

    (LEFI - Laboratoire d'Economie de la Firme et des Institutions - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2, EconomiX - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


In recent years, there has been an increase in research on conventions motivated by the game-theoretic contributions of the philosopher David Lewis. Prior to this surge in interest, discussions of convention in economics had been tied to the analysis of John Maynard Keynes's writings. These literatures are distinct and have very little overlap. Yet this confluence of interests raises interesting methodological questions. Does the use of a common term, convention, denote a set of shared concerns? Can we identify what differentiates the game theoretic models from the Keynesian ones? This paper maps out the three most developed accounts of convention within economics and discusses their relations with each other in an attempt to provide an answer.

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  • John Latsis & Guillemette De Larquier & Franck Bessis, 2010. "Are conventions solutions to uncertainty? contrasting visions of social coordination," Post-Print halshs-01278287, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01278287
    DOI: 10.2753/PKE0160-3477320402
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    1. Géraldine Rieucau & Marie Salognon, 2012. "When the first interaction matters: Recruitment in the French retailing," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 12061, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
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