- The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- What is Analytical Sociology All About? An Introductory Essay
- Analytical Sociology and Theories of the Middle Range
- Social Dynamics from the Bottom Up: Agent-Based Models of Social Interaction
- Segregation Dynamics
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
- Social Influence: The Puzzling Nature of Success in Cultural Markets
- The Contagiousness of Divorce
- Collective Action
- Conditional Choice
- Network Dynamics
- Threshold Models of Social Influence
- Time and Scheduling
- Homophily and the Focused Organization of Ties
- Dominance Hierarchies
- Game Theory
- Analytic Ethnography
- Historical Sociology
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines matching processes, specifically two-sided matching contexts such as marriage and job markets, using an agent-based simulation approach. It begins with a conceptual discussion of matching processes, focusing on four key analytic features that define a matching process: the preferences actors have over characteristics (of alters or of pairings); the distribution of (relevant) characteristics in the population; the information structure that allows actors to know about potential matches and alternatives; and the operative rules or norms about matching. The article then considers formal models that describe matching processes before introducing an agent-based simulation model designed to shed light on labor-market segregation. This model takes into account the link between social networks and the dynamics of matching.
Katherine Stovel is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington and received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While her research spans a number of substantive areas, including economic sociology, adolescent health, and quantitative methods, her work is motivated by a general concern with how basic principles of social interaction are expressed in specific historical or cultural contexts, and why these expressions may result in new institutional arrangements or new identities for individuals.
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