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Sequential vs. Simultaneous Schelling Models: Experimental Evidence

Juan Benito (), Pablo Brañas-Garza, Penelope Hernandez () and Juan A. Sanchis Llopis ()

No 09/06, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

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.

Keywords: Schelling models; economic experiments; segregation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-09-29
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