Working papers // Institute of Mathematical Economics 438
Based on the cultural formation of continuous preferences framework of Pichler , this paper analyzes the evolution of preferences and behavior in a two cultural groups setting. We show that the qualitative dynamic properties depend crucially on what parents perceive as the optimal preferences for their children to adopt. Under inter- generationally fixed optimal preferences, the preferences of the cultural groups will always stay distinct. If the optimal preferences coincide with those derived from the representative group behavior, then a multitude of convergence path types can realize. These contain both an inter-generational assimilation process toward the same preference point, as well as inter-generational dissimilation.
Continuous Preferences Assimilation Cultural Groups Endogenous Preferences Preference Evolution Socialization