How cooperation evolves: History, expectations, and leadership

Daron Acemoglu, Matthew O. Jackson 13 June 2011

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Social norms, which create self-reinforcing expectations and patterns of behaviour, are the foundation of social life. In many economic, political, and social situations where coordination is important, different social norms, with sharply varying consequences, may emerge and persist. Different norms regarding how much others should be trusted constitute one important example.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research Politics and economics

Tags:  leadership, social norms

Why it matters who leads research universities

Amanda Goodall 02 January 2010

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It is well known that the top European research universities underperform compared to their American counterparts. The evidence is summarised with policy recommendations by van der Ploeg and Veugelers (2008a,b). The authors raise the need for improved governance, in particular that governments should give universities greater autonomy to manage their own affairs. Leadership is an important part of governance, and again Europe lags.

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Topics:  Education

Tags:  Universities, research, leadership

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