Fix, ‘Energy and Institution Size’

Fix, ‘Energy and Institution Size’

February 10, 2017


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.


Energy and Institution Size

Fix, Blair. (2017). PLOS ONE. Vol. 12. No. 2. 8 February. pp. 1-22.