Energy and Institution Size

Energy and Institution Size
Fix, Blair. (2016). Working Papers on Capital as Power. No. 2016/04. June. pp. 1-56. (Article - Working Paper; English).


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Why do institutions grow? Despite nearly a century of scientific effort, there remains little consensus on this topic. This paper offers a new approach that focuses on energy consumption. A systematic relation exists between institution size and energy consumption per capita: as energy consumption increases, institutions become larger. I hypothesize that this relation results from the interplay between technological complexity and human biological limitations. I also show how a simple stochastic model can be used to link energy consumption with firm dynamics.



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Article - Working Paper


complexity energy human biology institutions hierarchy technology


BN Power
BN Production
BN Region - North America
BN Business Enterprise
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Distribution
BN Growth
BN Industrial Organization
BN Institutions

Depositing User

Jonathan Nitzan

Date Deposited

21 Jun 2016 02:22

Last Modified

13 Nov 2016 14:25


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