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Sequential vs. Simultaneous Schelling Models: Experimental Evidence

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  • Juan Miguel Benito

    () (Universidad Pública de Navarra (Spain))

  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

    () (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Penélope Hernández

    () (Universitat de Valéncia and ERI-CES (Spain))

  • Juan A. Sanchis

    () (Universitat de Valéncia and ERI-CES (Spain))

Abstract

This work shows the results of experiments where subjects play the Schelling's spatial proximity model (1969, 1971a), in which choices are made sequentially, and a variation of it where the decision-making is simultaneous. The results of the sequential experiments are identical to Schelling's prediction: subjects finish in a segregated equilibrium. Likewise, in the variant of simultaneous decision the same result is reached: segregation. Subjects’ heterogeneity generates a series of focal points in the first round; the subjects in order to locate themselves use these focal points immediately, and as a result, the segregation takes place again.

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  • Juan Miguel Benito & Pablo Brañas-Garza & Penélope Hernández & Juan A. Sanchis, 2009. "Sequential vs. Simultaneous Schelling Models: Experimental Evidence," ThE Papers 09/06, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:09/06
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    Schelling models; economic experiments; segregation;

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