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Segregation in networks

  • Fagiolo, Giorgio
  • Valente, Marco
  • Vriend, Nicolaas J.

Schelling [Schelling, T., 1969. Models of segregation. American Economic Review 59, 488-493; Schelling, T., 1971a. Dynamic models of segregation. Journal of Mathematical Sociology 1, 143-186; Schelling, T., 1971b. On the ecology of micromotives. The Public Interest 25, 61-98; Schelling, T., 1978. Micromotives and Macrobehavior. W.W. Norton and Company, New York] considered a model with individual agents who only care about the types of people living in their own local neighborhood. The spatial structure was represented by a one- or two-dimensional lattice. Schelling showed that an integrated society will generally unravel into a rather segregated one even though no individual agent strictly prefers this. We generalize this spatial proximity model to a proximity model of segregation, examining models with individual agents who interact 'locally' in a range of more general social network structures. The levels of segregation attained are in line with those reached in the lattice-based spatial proximity model.

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Volume (Year): 64 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3-4 ()
Pages: 316-336

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  1. Romans Pancs & Nicolaas J. Vriend, 2003. "Schelling's Spatial Proximity Model of Segregation Revisited," Computing in Economics and Finance 2003 63, Society for Computational Economics.
  2. Schelling, Thomas C, 1969. "Models of Segregation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 59(2), pages 488-93, May.
  3. Federico Echenique & Roland G. Fryer, Jr., 2005. "On the Measurement of Segregation," NBER Working Papers 11258, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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