Energy and Institution Size

Energy and Institution Size
Fix, Blair. (2017). PLoS ONE. Vol. 12. No. 2. 8 February. pp. 1-22. (Article - Journal; 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 scale 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 - Journal


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

09 Feb 2017 18:14

Last Modified

14 Feb 2017 07:42


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