New evidence on the durability of social norms

John Helliwell, Shun Wang, Jinwen Xu, 12 March 2014

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Recent studies find that individuals’ social norms – as evidenced by their opinions and behaviour – can be transmitted from one generation to the next within the same cultural setting (Algan and Cahuc 2010, Bjørnskov 2012, Dohmen et al. 2012, Guiso et al. 2006, Rainer and Siedler 2009, Rice and Feldman 1997).

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Migration
Tags: Culture, immigration, institutions, migration, social attitudes, social norms, trust

Should we promote ‘healthy choices’ or ‘healthy environments’?

Joan Costa-i-Font, 12 April 2013

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A growing share of healthcare expenditures is both directly and indirectly the consequence of unhealthy behaviour.

Topics: Health economics
Tags: incentives, obesity, Smoking, social norms

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.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Politics and economics
Tags: leadership, social norms

From shame to game in one hundred years: An economic model of the rise in premarital sex and its de-stigmatisation

Jeremy Greenwood, Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Nezih Guner, 20 February 2010

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The last one hundred years have witnessed a revolution in sexual behaviour. In 1900, only 6% of US women would have engaged in premarital sex by the age of 19, compared to 75% today (see figure 1).

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: Premarital sex, social norms, socialisation

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