Opinion expressions under social sanctions

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Baç, Mehmet (2009) Opinion expressions under social sanctions. [Working Paper / Technical Report] Sabanci University ID:SU_FASS_2009/0003

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Abstract

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.
Item Type: Working Paper / Technical Report
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mehmet Baç
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2009 10:43
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 10:47
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/11659

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