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Segregation That No One Seeks*

Ryan Muldoon, Tony Smith and Michael Weisberg
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 79, No. 1 (January 2012), pp. 38-62
DOI: 10.1086/663236
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/663236
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Segregation That No One Seeks*
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Abstract

This article examines a series of Schelling-like models of residential segregation, in which agents prefer to be in the minority. We demonstrate that as long as agents care about the characteristics of their wider community, they tend to end up in a segregated state. We then investigate the process that causes this and conclude that the result hinges on the similarity of informational states among agents of the same type. This is quite different from Schelling-like behavior and suggests (in his terms) that segregation is an instance of macrobehavior that can arise from a wide variety of micromotives.

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