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Back to the Future: A Simple Solution to Schelling Segregation

Sylvain Barde ()

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: The maximum entropy methodology is applied to the Schelling model of urban segregation in order to obtain a reliable prediction of the stable configuration of the system without resorting to numerical simulations. We show that this approach also provides an implicit equation describing the distribution of agents over a city which allows for directly assessing the effect of model parameters on the solution. Finally, we discuss the information theoretic motivation for applying this methodology to the Schelling model, and show that it effectively rests on the presence of a potential function, suggesting a broader applicability of the methodology.

Keywords: Information theoretic measure; potential function; Schelling segregation model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 C63 D80 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-mic and nep-ure
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