Sequential versus simultaneous schelling models: experimental evidence

Benito, Juan Miguel and Branas-Garza, Pablo and Hernández, Penélope and Sanchis, Juan A. (2011) Sequential versus simultaneous schelling models: experimental evidence. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 55 (1). pp. 60-84. ISSN 0022-0027

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Abstract

This article shows the results of experiments where subjects play the Schelling’s spatial proximity model. Two types of experiments are conducted: one in which choices are made sequentially and a variation of the first 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 the simultaneous decision experiment, the same result is reached: segregation. Subjects’ heterogeneity generates a series of focal points in the first round. To locate themselves, subjects use these focal points immediately, and as a result, the segregation takes place again. Furthermore, simultaneous experiments with commuting costs allow us to conclude that introducing positive moving costs does not affect segregation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Schelling models; economic experiments; segregation
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > Economics > Behavioural Economics group
Item ID: 10238
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Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2013 07:04
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10238

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