Conference on Cultural Evolution and Social Norms
Friday and Saturday, March 22 & 23, 2019
Luce Conference Room, Social Science Plaza A, Room 2112
Friday, March 22 
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.Coffee & Pastries
9:45 –10:00 a.m. Director's Welcome – Jean-Paul Carvalho
Chair: David Hirshleifer
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Elena Miu, Arizona State University, Models of cumulative cultural evolution
10:45 –11.30 a.m. Alberto Bisin, New York University, Culture and Institutions
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Robert Boyd, Arizona State University, Arbitration supports reciprocity when there are frequent perception errors
12:45 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Break
Chair: Natalia Komarova
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Myrna Wooders, Vanderbilt University, Own experience bias in a labor market with heterogeneous rewards
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Jean-Paul Carvalho, University of California, Irvine, Identity and underrepresentation
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Coffee Break
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. David Hirshleifer, University of California, Irvine, Visibility bias in the transmission of consumption beliefs and undersaving
Saturday, March 23
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee & Pastries
Chair: Brian Skyrms
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Erol Akcay, University of Pennsylvania, On social norms as choreographers of social interactions and as generator of prosocial preferences
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Natalia Komarova, University of California, Irvine, Mathematical modeling of culture: learning from an inconsistent source and music evolution
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Nicole Creanza, Vanderbilt University, Models of cultural evolution in structured populations
12:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Break
Chair: Jean-Paul Carvalho
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Jared Rubin, Chapman University, A theory of conservative revivals
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Brian Skyrms, University of California, Irvine, From Democritus to signaling networks
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Coffee Break
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Larry Iannaccone, Chapman University, God games: An experimental study of uncertainty, superstition, and cooperation

Campus Maps:

Parking: Suggested parking is located in the Social Sciences Parking Structure (SSPS), purchase parking permits during standard hours of operation from attendant at the entrance located on the corners of Campus Drive and Stanford Court.

Airport Information: Airports closest to UC Irvine: John Wayne Airport (SNA), Long Beach Airport (LGB), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Shuttle Information:

Conference speakers are staying at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and reservations can be made with a UCI discount by referencing conference with booking. List of Hotels with UCI Discounts:


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