Socialization networks and the transmission of interethnic attitudes

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Abstract

This paper examines the dynamics of interethnic attitudes in a framework of intergenerational transmission of continuous cultural traits, where children are exposed to parental (vertical) and non-parental (oblique) socializations. Under very general conditions over oblique socialization, vertical socialization ensures convergence, while the structure of oblique socialization determines the steady state class. In particular, the presence of specific socialization schemes, namely, ethnocentrism, emulation, and reciprocity, produces different outcomes in terms of integration or attitude ranking. Further, the model is applied to the US case by examining the observed ranking of attitudes and obtaining predictions on the possible attitude patterns. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-610
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Volume150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Cultural evolution
  • Cultural transmission
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Ethnic integration
  • Socialization networks

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