Persistent parochialism : trust and exclusion in ethnic networks

  title={Persistent parochialism : trust and exclusion in ethnic networks},
  author={Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis},
Decentralized groups such as close knit residential neighborhoods and ethnically linked businesses often achieve high levels of cooperation while also engaging in exclusionary practices that we call parochialism. We investigate the contribution of within-group cultural affinity to the ability of parochial groups to cooperate in social dilemmas. Consistent with some recent experimental evidence, cooperation among members of culturally homogeneous groups may not come about because cultural… CONTINUE READING
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