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Conference Cultural Evolution and Social Norms
Human behavior is shaped by history and social interaction. This process of cultural evolution includes the intergenerational accumulation of knowledge, the cultural transmission of beliefs and preferences, and the evolution of social norms. Cultural evolution was first studied by evolutionary biologists and ecologists and has more recently gained prominence in economics. This conference brings together leading economists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, anthropologists, and philosophers to take stock of recent developments in modeling cultural evolution and identify new directions for research. Topics include the emergence of cultural diversity, family structure, consumption norms, economic underrepresentation, and the political economy of cultural movements.
Friday, March 22 at 9:15am to 5:15pm
Social Science Plaza A, 2112
Pereira Drive, Irvine, CA 92697