Quantum Physics Division
Faculty of PhysicsAdam Mickiewicz University

A model of student's dilemma

A. Lipowski1 , A. L. Ferreira1

1 Faculty of Physics, A. Mickiewicz University, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
1 Department of Physics, University of Aveiro, 3810 Aveiro, Portugal

Physica A, 354, 539-546 (2005)
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.physa.2005.03.009


Each year perhaps millions of young people face the following dilemma: should I continue my education or rather start working with already acquired skills. Right decision must take into account somebody's own abilities, accessibility to education institutions, competition, and potential benefits. A multi-agent, evolutionary model of this dilemma predicts a transition between stratified and homogeneous phases, evolution that diminishes fitness, fewer applicants per seat for decreased capacity of the university, and presence of poor students at élite universities.


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