Peers and Culture

Reprint No. 2008:12

Author(s): Maria Sáez-Martí and Anna SjögrenYear: 2008 Title: Scandinavian Journal of Economics Volume (No.): 110 (1) Pages: 73–92

We analyze the evolution of culture when parents socialize children to the cultural variants that maximize child lifetime utility. Parents invest in cultural transmission by taking 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.

Sáez-Martí, Maria and Anna Sjögren (2008), "Peers and Culture". Scandinavian Journal of Economics 110(1), 73–92.

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