Opinion expressions under social sanctions
Baç, Mehmet (2009) Opinion expressions under social sanctions. [Working Paper / Technical Report] Sabanci University ID:SU_FASS_2009/0003
I study a social debate where individuals are subject to informal sanctions if their expressions signal the opinions of a minority group. Individual preferences are peaked at the expression of true opinions and there is a loss of utility from keeping silent. The model generates predictions about how equilibrium expressions change as a function of model primitives such as sanction intensity, disutility of silence and size of the minority group. A dynamic extension sheds light on the limit distribution of opinions if unvoiced opinions gradually disappear while publicly expressed opinions gain new adherents over time.
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