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Workings of the melting pot : social networks and the evolution of population attributes

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dc.creator Brueckner, Jan Keith
dc.creator Smirnov, Oleg
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:00:51Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:00:51Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18685
dc.identifier ppn:477391583
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/18685
dc.description This paper links the two nascent economic literatures on social networks and cultural assimilation by investigating the evolution of population attributes in a simple model where agents are influenced by their acquaintances. The main conclusion of the analysis is that attributes converge to a melting-pot equilibrium, where everyone is identical, provided the social network exhibits a sufficient degree of interconnectedness. When the model is extended to allow an expanding acquaintance set, convergence is guaranteed provided a weaker interconnectedness condition is satisfied, and convergence is rapid. If the intensity of interactions with acquaintances becomes endogenous, convergence (when it occurs) is slowed when agents prefer to interact with people like themselves and hastened when interaction with dissimilar agents is preferred.
dc.language eng
dc.relation CESifo working papers 1320
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject J10
dc.subject J00
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject Soziale Integration
dc.subject Soziales Netzwerk
dc.subject Theorie
dc.title Workings of the melting pot : social networks and the evolution of population attributes
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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