Naïve Beliefs and the Multiplicity of Social Norms - 10.1628/093245612800933942 - Mohr Siebeck
Economics

Amrish Patel, Edward Cartwright

Naïve Beliefs and the Multiplicity of Social Norms

Volume 168 () / Issue 2, pp. 280-289 (10)

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In a signalling model of conformity, we demonstrate that naïve observers, those that take actions at face value, constrain the set of actions that can possibly be social norms. With rational observers many actions can be norms, but with naïve observers only actions close to that preferred by the ideal type can be norms. We suggest, therefore, that the naïvety or inexperience of observers is an important determinant of norms and how they evolve.
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