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A Theory of Fads, Fashion, Custom, and Cultural Change as Informational Cascades

Sushil Bikhchandani, David Hirshleifer and Ivo Welch
Journal of Political Economy
Vol. 100, No. 5 (Oct., 1992), pp. 992-1026
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2138632
Page Count: 35
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Abstract

An informational cascade occurs when it is optimal for an individual, having observed the actions of those ahead of him, to follow the behavior of the preceding individual without regard to his own information. We argue that localized conformity of behavior and the fragility of mass behaviors can be explained by informational cascades.

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