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.