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Schellings Model

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Check out this video on Schellings Model. It's a sociological model that tries to emulate social segregation based on race, wealth inequality etc.. I encourage everyone to watch the whole video.




In essence the model shows that even a slight preference of individuals living with a similar race can lead to (relatively) huge levels of segregation on the macro level. In fact the model predicts that if individuals are incredibly racist then we don't get segregation at all. Now it should be noted that this model is based on extreme simplifications and it may or may not shed light on real segregation in the world - but despite a few simple rules the results are quite impressive. 

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