Polarization and segregation through conformity pressure and voluntary migration: Simulation analysis of co-evolutionary dynamics

Dai Zusai, Futao Lu

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number51
JournalGames
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assimilation
  • Conformity
  • Cultural discontents
  • Evolutionary dynamics
  • Polarization
  • Segregation
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics

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