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The survival of the conformist: social pressure and renewable resource management

Tavoni, Alessandro and Schlüter, Maja and Levin, Simon (2012) The survival of the conformist: social pressure and renewable resource management. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 299. pp. 152-161. ISSN 0022-5193

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.07.003


This paper examines the role of other-regarding behavior as a mechanism for the establishment and maintenance of cooperation in resource use under variable social and environmental conditions. By coupling resource stock dynamics with social dynamics concerning compliance to a social norm prescribing non-excessive resource extraction in a common pool resource, we show that when reputational considerations matter and a sufficient level of social stigma affects the violators of a norm, sustainable outcomes are achieved. We find large parameter regions where norm-observing and norm-violating types coexist, and analyze to what extent such coexistence depends on the environment.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2011 14:49
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 10:53

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