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Peers and Culture


Sáez-Martí, María; Sjögren, Anna (2007). Peers and Culture. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 349, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We analyze the evolution of culture when parents socialize children to the culturalnvariants that maximize child lifetime utility. Parents invest in cultural transmissionntaking into account that children are also influenced by peers. We model the influence of peers by assuming that children observe different cultural variants in their peer group, assign merit to them and adopt one variant, following a probabilistic adoption rule. We show that cultural diversity is sustainable even if all parents strive to transmit the same variant. We also show that a parental demand for cultural pluralism does not guarantee cultural diversity.

Abstract

We analyze the evolution of culture when parents socialize children to the culturalnvariants that maximize child lifetime utility. Parents invest in cultural transmissionntaking into account that children are also influenced by peers. We model the influence of peers by assuming that children observe different cultural variants in their peer group, assign merit to them and adopt one variant, following a probabilistic adoption rule. We show that cultural diversity is sustainable even if all parents strive to transmit the same variant. We also show that a parental demand for cultural pluralism does not guarantee cultural diversity.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:December 2007
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 13:04
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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