Title

The Decay of Norms and the Production of Social Order: Conceptual and Empirical Models

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-15-2005

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

This note explores the decay of social norms using a model of the production of social order in the context of 'rules' employed by cities/municipalities to 'govern' activities during Halloween. The empirical results suggest that population homogeneity, the upper class' scope for 'purchasing' norm conformity from middle and lower classes, the abundance of social capital and the cohesiveness of family units are all important determinants of the likelihood that a city or locale will employ formal order-producing mechanisms during the Halloween period. The results are supportive of the seminal work on norms by Becker (1996) and others.

Publication Title

Applied Economics Letters

Volume

12

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

6