R. Cerqueti, L. De Benedictis, V. Leone Sciabolazza, Segregation with Social Linkages: Evaluating Schelling’s Model with Networked Individuals, in preparation

In the 1970s Thomas C. Schelling presented a series of models where the heuristic choice of individuals about staying or moving out from a neighborhood would generate a segregated city notwithstanding individual agents’ preferences over residential integration. The mild micro preference about majority of its own group generates macro segregation.

We propose an extension of the Schelling model that allows individuals to be connected by social links and we highlight the contrast between Schelling original heuristic and the role played by social connections in characterizing the long-term dynamics of the model.