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Strategic behavior in Schelling dynamics: A new result and experimental evidence

  • Juan Miguel Benito

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    (Departamento de Economia, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain)

  • Pablo Branas-Garz

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    (Departamento de Teoria e Historia Economica, Universidad de Granada, Spain and Economic Science Institute Affliate, Chapman University)

  • Penelope Hernandez

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    (Departamento de Analisis Economico y ERI-CES, Spain)

  • Juan A. Sanchis

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    (Departamento de Estructura Econ´omica y ERI-CES, Spain)

In this paper we experimentally test Schelling’s (1971) segregation model and confirm the striking result of segregation. In addition, we extend Schelling’s model theoretically by adding strategic behavior and moving costs. We obtain a unique subgame perfect equilibrium in which rational agents facing moving costs may find it optimal not to move (anticipating other participants’ movements). This equilibrium is far for full segregation. We run experiments for this extended Schelling model. We find that the percentage of strategic players dramatically increases with the cost of moving and that the degree of segregation depends on the distribution of rational subjects.

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Paper provided by Chapman University, Economic Science Institute in its series Working Papers with number 11-14.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:chu:wpaper:11-14
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