Project title Social norms & norm conflict: A unifying theoretical framework
Duration  8 weeks
Description

Social norms are regarded as collective representations of acceptable group conduct as well as individual perceptions of particular group conduct. They can be viewed as cultural products (including values, customs, and traditions) which represent individuals' basic knowledge of what others do and think that they should do.

Over the last couple of decades, game theorists have attempted to model social norms in hope to be able to predict whether or not individuals would conform to certain behaviors and explain deviations from the standard rational choice model.

Purpose of the project is to identify fundamental social norms that individuals adhere to and model how these norms would interact with each other and self-interest with reference to standard findings in the experimental literature.

Expected outcomes & deliverables

The research student is expected to write a literature review on the topic combining insights from experimental economics, experimental moral philosophy, and moral psychology.  Additionally, the student will be given the opportunity to develop a theoretical model.

Student qualities

This project is open to economics students with a background in experimental economics and/or game theory. A background in behavioral game theory would be an advantage.

Primary supervisor

Dr Alex Karakostas

Further information Students are encouraged to contact the supervisor via email if they have any questions: a.karakostas@uq.edu.au.