Cultural transmission, socialization and the population dynamics of multiple-trait distributions

Alberto Bisin, Giorgio Topa, Thierry Verdier

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    Abstract

    This paper studies the population dynamics of multiple preference traits in a model of intergenerational cultural transmission. Parents socialize and transmit their preferences to their children with endogenous intensities. Populations concentrated on a single cultural group are in general not stable. There is a unique stable stationary distribution, and it supports two or more cultural groups, in particular those with greater intolerance with respect to others' traits. The larger the heterogeneity of intolerance levels across cultural groups, the smaller the number of traits that are supported in the stable stationary distribution.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)139-154
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Economic Theory
    Volume5
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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    Keywords

    • Cultural transmission
    • Population dynamics
    • Socialization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics

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