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Group representation concerns and network formation

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This paper studies processes of integration and segregation using a connections model in which individuals form valuable links that also entail a cost. Individuals belong to two different groups and care about whether their own group represents a sufficient fraction in their neighborhood. Concerns for representation promote the segregation of societies as even for small linking costs individuals do not link to different others because of the threat that their group become under-represented. For certain cost ranges, concerns for representation also determine efficient networks because forming links with members of the opposite group entails a utility loss due to under-representation.

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  • Melguizo Lopez, Isabel, 2022. "Group representation concerns and network formation," MPRA Paper 115172, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 May 2022.
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    Keywords

    integration; segregation; representation concerns; homophily; welfare; pairwise stability;
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    JEL classification:

    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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