Ricardo Perez-Truglia, Ugo Troiano, Friday, March 20, 2015 - 00:00

Francesco D'Acunto, Marcel Prokopczuk, Michael Weber, Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:00

Daniel Houser, John List, Marco Piovesan, Anya Samek, Joachim Winter, Monday, February 23, 2015 - 00:00

Tim Besley, Anders Jensen, Torsten Persson, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 00:00

Daron Acemoglu, Matthew O. Jackson, Friday, September 19, 2014 - 00:00

John Helliwell, Shun Wang, Jinwen Xu, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 00:00

Social norms have been shown to have important effects on economic outcomes. This column discusses new evidence showing that social norms are deeply rooted in long-standing cultures, but do evolve in reaction to major changes. It draws on a fully global sample involving migrants in more than 130 countries, using seven waves of the Gallup World Poll.

Joan Costa-i-Font, Friday, April 12, 2013 - 00:00

Are healthy lifestyles purely about people’s personal choices? Can we explain why specific people are fit, non-smokers and risk-averse? This column argues that policymaking can incentivise health behaviour but that monetary incentives are not the only approach. Academics and policymakers should aim to influence social norms and society’s role models when monetary incentives are not enough.

Daron Acemoglu, Matthew O. Jackson, Monday, June 13, 2011 - 00:00

Economists are increasingly recognising the importance of social norms in determining economic outcomes. While some argue that these norms are set in stone, this column introduces a new framework exploring how these norms emerge, how they can change, and how leadership by individuals can play a pivotal role.

Jeremy Greenwood, Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Nezih Guner, Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 00:00

Attitudes to sex have changed dramatically over the last hundred years. This column presents a model where socialisation – the passing on of norms and ideologies by parents and institutions such as the church or state – is determined by the technological environment in which people live. Contraception has reduced the chance of unwanted pregnancies from premarital sex, and this in turn has changed social attitudes.

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