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A theory of tolerance
Corneo, Gicomo ;  Jeanne, Olivier ;  Universität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Main titleA theory of tolerance
AuthorCorneo, Gicomo
AuthorJeanne, Olivier
InstitutionUniversität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
No. of Pages29 S.
Series Diskussionsbeiträge des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaft ; 2007/13 : Volkswirtschaftlich
Keywordsvalue systems, tolerance
Classification (DDC)330 Economics
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AbstractWe develop an economic theory of tolerance where endogenous lifestyles and exogenous
traits are invested with symbolic value by people. Value systems are rationally chosen by
parents for their children. In conjunction with actual behavior, value systems determine
the esteem enjoyed by individuals. Intolerant individuals attach all symbolic value to a
small number of attributes and are irrespectful of people with di¤erent ones. Tolerant
people have diversi…ed values and respect social alterity. We study the formation of values
attached to various types of attributes and identify circumstances under which tolerance
spontaneously arises. Policy may a¤ect the evolution of tolerance in distinctive ways, and
there may be e¢ ciency as well as equity reasons to promote tolerance.
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FU DepartmentDepartment Business and Economics
Year of publication2007
Type of documentBook
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