DEVELOPMENT OF CHINESE NEIGHBORHOODS BY SCHELLING’S MODEL

Open Access
Author:
Yu, Hanrui
Area of Honors:
Economics
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Kalyan Chatterjee, Thesis Supervisor
  • Murali Haran, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Schelling's Model
  • Threshold
  • Chinese Neighborhood
Abstract:
Chinese American is one of the biggest immigrant group here at United States, the purpose of this thesis is to simulate the development of Chinese neighborhoods here in America using Schelling’s model. This Model is characterized by a preference threshold such that the members of a community are satisfied if the proportion of other member of the community in their neighborhood is above the threshold. There are two stage of the simulation, the first simulation is about the formation of the Chinese community by the first generation of immigrates using a web simulation created by McCown. The second simulation is about the household choice made by the second or the third generation of immigrates using a modified simulation created by myself. If the threshold for American household are high, it will be really hard for Chinese household to blend in the community. If the threshold for both communities are high, there will be a barrier of empty space between the two communities, it will form clusters of the lower populated community. If the threshold for both communities are low, there will be no barriers between the two community. However, there will be more clusters of community formed for the lower populated community.