Network Closure, Group Identity and Attitudes Toward Merchants

Culture and Economic Action, eds. Laura E. Grube and Virgil Henry Storr, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

15 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2016

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Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Ryan Langrill

Dissertation Fellow

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Culture shapes economic behavior and colors economic outcomes. Although we may choose to avoid explicitly discussing culture within the social sciences, it will be implicit in our assumptions. The question, then, becomes how to incorporate culture into economic analysis. Some economists have conceived of culture as a tool or a resource as they have attempted to operationalize a difficult concept. Others have discussed culture as if it were a set of blinders, closing off some opportunities and focusing attention on others. Still others have treated culture as a lens through which we view the world, or perhaps colored glasses that establish a certain hue to our vision.

Suggested Citation

Storr, Virgil Henry and Langrill, Ryan, Network Closure, Group Identity and Attitudes Toward Merchants (2015). Culture and Economic Action, eds. Laura E. Grube and Virgil Henry Storr, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2731834

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Ryan Langrill

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Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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