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      • Evolutionary biology models
      • Economic models of cultural transmission
      • Direct socialization mechanisms and socio-economic interactions
      • Empirical analysis of cultural transmission models
      • Genetic and cultural evolution
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cultural transmission

Alberto Bisin and Thierry Verdier
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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The economic literature analyses cultural transmission as the result of interactions between purposeful socialization decisions inside the family (‘direct vertical socialization’) and indirect socialization processes like social imitation and learning (‘oblique and horizontal socialization’). This article reviews the main contribution of these models from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It presents the implications regarding the long-run population dynamics of cultural traits, and discusses the links with other approaches to cultural evolution in the social sciences as well as in evolutionary biology. Applications to economic problems are also briefly surveyed.
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How to cite this article

Bisin, Alberto and Thierry Verdier. "cultural transmission." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 17 January 2018 <http://www.dictionaryofeconomics.com/article?id=pde2008_C000549> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0345

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