Cultural Transmission and Social Norms Cultural Transmission and Social Norms




14 – 16 December 2017 | University of East Anglia, Registry 3.15

Organised by David Hugh-Jones

CTSN is an interdisciplinary workshop for researchers focusing on cultural transmission and social norms, at both macro level (cultural differences, historical change, cultural evolution) and micro level (experimental work, psychology of norms, social contexts). Participants come from a broad range of disciplines including economics, history, sociology and psychology. Our goal is to make researchers aware of each others’ work and to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas between, among others:

  • Experimental economists and psychologists studying norms in laboratory or field experiments.
  • Evolutionary theorists working on theories and models of cultural transmission of preferences, beliefs and skills.
  • Economists studying the cultural roots of economic development.
  • Economic and social historians examining the culture of economic growth, the industrious revolution and the persistence of cultural traits through time.
  • Sociologists studying normative conflict and the persistence of norms.
  • Computer scientists using new techniques and data sources for the quantitative analysis of culture.

CTSN 1 was held in December 2016 at the University of East Anglia. The original programme can be viewed here.

CTSN 2 will be held on 14-16 December.  It is co-organized by the University of East Anglia and the Max Planck Institute (Bonn) for Research into Collective Goods. We aim to keep the atmosphere informal, participants diverse, and the quality of presentations high.


Selected speakers 

Felix Warneken (Harvard University) | Paper 1 | Paper 2

Pete Richerson(University of California, Davis)

Simon Gaechter(Nottingham University)

Erin Krupka (University of Michigan)

Roberto Weber (University of Zurich)

Alexander Cappelen (Norwegian School of Economics) | Paper | Presentation

Daniel Chen (University of Toulouse Capitole) | Paper | Presentation

Thomas Hills (Warwick University)

David Hugh-Jones (University of East Anglia)

Fabian Winter (Max Planck)

Jan Lorenz (Jacobs University Bremen) | Presentation

Zvonimir Bašić (Bonn Graduate School of Economics) | Presentation

Stefania Bortolotti (Max Planck) | Paper 1 | Paper 2

Willemein Kets (University of Oxford) | Paper

Erez Yoeli (Yale) | Presentation




Available here


Getting to UEA:

There are trains to Norwich every half an hour from London Liverpool Street. Journey time is about 2 hours. The 25 bus runs from the station to campus.
To arrive from Stansted airport, take the train and change at Ely. Journey time is about 2 hours. Further Information.