Social Memory , Evidence , and Conflict ∗

  title={Social Memory , Evidence , and Conflict ∗},
  author={Luca Anderlini},
This paper examines an equilibrium model of social memory — a society’s vicarious beliefs about its past. We show that incorrect social memory is a key ingredient in creating and perpetuating destructive conflicts. We analyze an infinite-horizon model in which two countries face off each period in a game of conflict characterized by the possibility of mutually destructive “all out war” that yields catastrophic consequences for both sides. Each country is inhabited by a dynastic sequence of… CONTINUE READING
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