How do human norms form and change?

Many societies are dominated by norms that are, in the long run, harmful to their members. How can these norms change?

Many societies are dominated by norms that are, in the long run, harmful to their members. These norms include cheating on taxes, paying bribes, and repressing minorities. In an interdisciplinary project, we will investigate how harmful social norms can be changed in such a population.

To this aim, we will combine models of decision making drawn from cognitive and social psychology with laboratory experiments and computer simulations. Goal of the project is to build well-founded models for how norms are created and spread, which can be used by decision makers.

Duration

2017-2021

Principal Investigator

Giulia Andrighetto, Wallenberg Academy Fellow at Mälardalen University.

Project members

Pontus Strimling Associate Professor, Economics
Áron Székely DPhil, Sociology
Irina Vartanova PhD, Psychology

Funding

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation