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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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  • Richard Posner & Eric Rasmusen, 1999. "Creating and Enforcing Norms, With Special Reference to Sanctions," Law and Economics 9907004, EconWPA.
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
    • P00 - Economic Systems - - General - - - General
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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