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The Economics Of Cultural Transmission And Socialization

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Executive Summary

Cultural transmission arguably plays an important role in the determination of many fundamental preference traits and most cultural traits, social norms, and ideological tenets. It is, however, the pervasive evidence of the resilience of ethnic and religious traits across generations that motivates a large fraction of the theoretical and empirical literature on cultural transmission. This paper reviews the main contributions of models of cultural transmission, from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Finally, the paper reviews the empirical literature which estimates various properties of cultural transmission mechanisms as well as the population dynamics of specific traits.

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