Information Cascades and Social Learning

David Hirshleifer, Sushil Bikhchandani, omer tamuz, ivo welch - Jul 11, 2023

Working Paper No.  00104-00

We review the theory of information cascades and social learning. Our goal is to describe in a relatively integrated and accessible way the more important themes, insights and applications of the literature as it has developed over the last thirty years. We also highlight open questions and promising directions for further theoretical and empirical exploration.

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