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ONLINE – Applied Micro Workshop – Paul Ivo Schäfer, “Heterogeneity and Norms Enforcement in German Speaking Villages in the 1930s”

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Radost Holler and Paul Ivo Schäfer: “Heterogeneity and Norms Enforcement in German Speaking Villages in the 1930s” We digitize a dataset on between 10,000 and 20,000 German-speaking villages in the 1930s that includes data on cooperative, gender, and religious norms. Communities with dense social networks and a high degree of interdependence between their members (close-knit communities) are likely to be better at inducing norm adherence through social sanctions. Heterogeneity in various domains can make communities less close-knit and can undermine social sanctioning. Higher heterogeneity in multiple dimensions is associated with fewer cooperative and gender norms and less adherence to religious norms. We find that gender norms that have a protective function and thus may provide value to women react less to religious heterogeneity than gender norms that relate to impurity beliefs about women. The latter are likely enforced through religion. According to a measure derived from the social connectedness index, communities that used to have more cooperative norms are more parochial today.

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When Jan 29, 2021
from 10:30 to 11:45
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