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Self-Organization of Extreme Inequalities in a Competitive Society

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On the basis of a random walk model, we investigate the self-organization of inequality in a model competitive society which consists of two kinds of individuals; one is warlike-challenging individuals who always try to fight and fight with the wealthiest or strongest neighbor, and the other is pacific-timid individuals who always try not to fight and when necessary fight with the poorest or weakest neighbor. When two individuals meet on a lattice site, they fight and the winner deprives a unit wealth from the loser keeping its position, where the winning odd is determined by a sigmoid function of the difference in their wealths. At the same time, the wealth or debt of individuals relaxes to zero at a constant rate when the wealth or debt is large. Using Monte Carlo simulation we determine states of social inequality in the entire parameter space spanned by the population density and the fraction of pacific-timid individuals in the population on the basis of the profile of the wealth distribution plotted against the ranking. We find an egalitarian state, and one normal inequal and three different extreme inequal states, the plutonomy, the gap inequality and the terrace inequality. In order to elucidate the origin of the self-organization, we investigate a model society consisting of individuals who have different moving strategies and no specific fighting strategy. It is concluded that the extreme inequalities are the consequence of the coexistence of different fighting strategies.
  • Research Institute for Science Education, Inc. 8 Tojiin Kitamachi, Kitaku, Kyoto 603-8346, Japan
  • School of Engineering and Science, Tokyo Denki University Hatoyamacho, Saitama 350-0394, Japan
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