This week we'll consider a special empirical domain of cultural variation: baby names. Given names change in frequency across generations, for many reasons, all poorly understood. The two papers below address different aspects of the dynamics of names (and their consequences).
Hahn and Bentley. 2003. Drift as a mechanism for cultural change: an example from baby names.
Fryer and Levitt. 2004. THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF DISTINCTIVELY BLACK NAMES.