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A Harris-Todaro agent-based model to rural-urban migration
Brazilian Journal of Physics, v. 36, n. 3 A, p. 603-609, 2006.
Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
The Harris-Todaro model of the rural-urban migration process is revisited under an agent-based approach. The migration of the workers is interpreted as a process of social learning by imitation, formalized by a computational model. By simulating this model, we observe a transitional dynamics with continuous growth of the urban fraction of overall population toward an equilibrium. Such an equilibrium is characterized by stabilization of rural-urban expected wages differential (generalized Harris-Todaro equilibrium condition), urban concentration and urban unemployment. These classic results obtained originally by Harris and Todaro are emergent properties of our model.