Tagged: social norms

Nominalism - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 16, 2014

An Eleanor by any other name might be as smart, but would have worse odds of winding up at Oxford. A snippet from Greg Clark's work on names and surnames:*It isn't that the name itself is particularly powerful, or destructive; rather, the sorts of people who wind up naming their daughters Eleanor are very different, on average, from … Read More

Class etiquette - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 09, 2013

I'd joked about the class-entrenching function of etiquette a couple of years back.Etiquette rules, like the downward fork tines rule, that deliberately hobble the person making the display have a signalling value: it's the peacock's tail. Folks who've been able to spend hundreds of hours practicing how to eat in a deliberately hobbled fashion are then able to demonstrate … Read More