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From Assortative to Dissortative Networks: The Role of Capacity Constraints

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  • Michael D. K\"onig
  • Claudio J. Tessone

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  • Yves Zenou

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We consider a dynamic model of network formation where agents form and sever links based on the centrality of their potential partners. We show that the existence of capacity constrains in the amount of links an agent can maintain introduces a transition from dissortative to assortative networks. This effect can shed light on the distinction between technological and social networks as it gives a simple mechanism explaining how and why this transition occurs.

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Keywords: Complex network; centrality; Capacity contraints;

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  1. Mario V.Tomasello & Mauro Napoletano & Antonio Garas & Franck Schweitzer, 2013. "The rise and fall of RD networks," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2013-15, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
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  3. Daniel Fricke & Karl Finger & Thomas Lux, 2013. "On Assortative and Disassortative Mixing Scale-Free Networks: The Case of Interbank Credit Networks," Kiel Working Papers 1830, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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