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dc.contributor.authorBrueckner, Jan Keithen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmirnov, Olegen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T15:52:09Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T15:52:09Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/18685-
dc.description.abstractThis paper links the two nascent economic literatures on social networks and culturalassimilation by investigating the evolution of population attributes in a simple model whereagents are influenced by their acquaintances. The main conclusion of the analysis is thatattributes converge to a melting-pot equilibrium, where everyone is identical, provided thesocial network exhibits a sufficient degree of interconnectedness. When the model is extendedto allow an expanding acquaintance set, convergence is guaranteed provided a weakerinterconnectedness condition is satisfied, and convergence is rapid. If the intensity ofinteractions with acquaintances becomes endogenous, convergence (when it occurs) is slowedwhen agents prefer to interact with people like themselves and hastened when interaction withdissimilar agents is preferred.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher|aCenter for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute (CESifo) |cMunich-
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aCESifo Working Paper |x1320en_US
dc.subject.jelJ10en_US
dc.subject.jelJ00en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Integrationen_US
dc.subject.stwSoziales Netzwerken_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.titleWorkings of the melting pot : social networks and the evolution of population attributesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn477391583en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-

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