A belief-based theory of homophily

Willemien Kets, Alvaro Sandroni

Research output: Working paper


We introduce a model of homophily that does not rely on the assumption of homophilous preferences. Rather, it builds on the dual process account of Theory of Mind in psychology which emphasizes the role of introspection in decision making. Homophily emerges because players find it easier to put themselves in each other’s shoes when they share a similar background. The model delivers novel comparative statics that emphasize the interplay of cultural and economic factors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages39
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014


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