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The labour market on the hypercube

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  • Araújo, Tanya
  • Weisbuch, Gérard

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Positions offered on a labour market and workers preferences are described here by bit strings representing individual traits. We study the co-evolution of workers and firms preferences modeled by such traits. Individual “size-like” properties are controlled by binary encounters whose outcomes depend upon a recognition process. Depending upon the parameter set-up, mutual selection of workers and positions results in different types of attractors, either an exclusive niches regime or a competition regime.

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  • Araújo, Tanya & Weisbuch, Gérard, 2008. "The labour market on the hypercube," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 387(5), pages 1301-1310.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:387:y:2008:i:5:p:1301-1310
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2007.10.042
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    Market bit-string dynamics transition;

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