Coordination and Culture
Culture constrains individual choice by making certain behaviour taboo.� We propose an evolutionary model in which members of different groups attempt to coordinate over time.� We show that cultural constraints can lead to a permanent break down in coordination between groups, even when coordination is attainable and Pareto-efficient.� Hence restrictive cultures make coordination with out-group members more difficult.� By limiting a person's options, however, highly restrictive cultures act as a strategic commitment, forcing out-group members to conform to in-group norms if they want to coordinate.� In this way, cultural constraints on behaviour may lead to higher expected welfare.� When people rationally choose their culture, we demonstrate that restrictive and permissive cultures can co-exist in the long run.
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