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Games 2017, 8(4), 51; doi:10.3390/g8040051

Polarization and Segregation through Conformity Pressure and Voluntary Migration: Simulation Analysis of Co-Evolutionary Dynamics

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Department of Economics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
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Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Received: 5 October 2017 / Revised: 1 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 22 November 2017
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Abstract

While conformity pressures people to assimilate in a community, an individual occasionally migrates among communities when the individual feels discomfort. These two factors cause segregation and cultural diversity within communities in the society. By embedding a migration dynamic into Kuran and Sandholm’s model (2008) of preference evolution, we build an agent-based model to see how the variance of preferences in the entire society quantitatively changes over time. We find from the Monte-Carlo simulations that, while preferences assimilate within a community, self-selected migrations enlarge the diversity of preferences over communities in the society. We further study how the arrival rate of migration opportunities and the degree of conformity pressures affect the variance of preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: segregation; assimilation; polarization; cultural discontents; evolutionary dynamics; conformity; simulation segregation; assimilation; polarization; cultural discontents; evolutionary dynamics; conformity; simulation
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Zusai, D.; Lu, F. Polarization and Segregation through Conformity Pressure and Voluntary Migration: Simulation Analysis of Co-Evolutionary Dynamics. Games 2017, 8, 51.

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