On the Dynamics of Standards

Posted: 17 Feb 2002

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Joel Sobel

University of California at San Diego

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I study a two-parameter family of rules governing the process of entry into a club. There are three types of agent: candidates desire to enter the club; judges vote on who should enter; elite are already in the club. Promotion requires that at least n of N judges agree that a candidate is at least as good as r of the R members of the elite. Candidates minimize the cost of acquiring a D-dimensional characteristic subject to satisfying the promotion criteria. The article characterizes how minimum entry standards change over time under different assumptions.

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Sobel, Joel, On the Dynamics of Standards. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290607

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