Competition between collective and individual dynamics

@article{Grauwin2009CompetitionBC,
  title={Competition between collective and individual dynamics},
  author={Sebastian Grauwin and Eric Bertin and R{\'e}mi Lemoy and Pablo Jensen},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={106},
  pages={20622 - 20626}
}
Linking microscopic and macroscopic behavior is at the heart of many natural and social sciences. This apparent similarity conceals essential differences across disciplines: Although physical particles are assumed to optimize the global energy, economic agents maximize their own utility. Here, we solve exactly a Schelling-like segregation model, which interpolates continuously between cooperative and individual dynamics. We show that increasing the degree of cooperativity induces a qualitative… 

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