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Merit, approbation and the evolution of social structure

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Cowan, Robin; Jonard, Nicolas

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Abstract We examine a society in which individuals gain utility from income and social approbation. Approbation is given to an unobservable trait, signalled through social mobility. Two environments are studied: in one players care for absolute approbation; in the other relative approbation matters. In both environments, individuals' quest for approbation both affects and is affected by social structure. We study the long run implications of that interaction on social organization. Various forms of dynasties and meritocracies are possible. Even though social mobility is driven purely by meritocratic principles, pure dynasties can emerge.
Klassifikation Allgemeine Soziologie, Makrosoziologie, spezielle Theorien und Schulen, Entwicklung und Geschichte der Soziologie
Freie Schlagwörter Approbation; Social status; Intergenerational mobility
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe S. 295-315
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 64 (2007) 3-4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2006.11.005
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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