Labelling, homophily and preference evolution

  • Jiabin WuEmail author
Original Paper


We consider a population of agents whose preference types are unobservable but imperfectly correlated with certain observable labels such as customs, languages, and origins. In addition, the matching process exhibits homophily: agents tend to interact with those who share the same labels. We show that labelling and homophily interact in a non-trivial way to influence the evolution of preferences, which cannot be accounted for in the extant literature.


Homophily Labelling Assortative matching Preference evolution Evolutionary game theory 

JEL Classifications

C73 D80 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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