A model for the growth dynamics of economic organizations

L. A N Amaral*, P. Gopikrishnan, V. Plerou, H. E. Stanley

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We apply methods and concepts of statistical physics to the study of economic organizations. We identify robust, universal, characteristics of the time evolution of economic organizations. Specifically, we find the existence of scaling laws describing the growth of the size of these organizations. We study a model assuming a complex evolving internal structure of an organization that is able to reproduce many of the empirical findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2001
EventApplication of Physics in Economic Modelling (NATO ARW) - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Feb 8 2001Feb 10 2001


  • Business firms
  • Countries
  • Dynamics
  • GDP
  • Growth
  • Organizations
  • Scaling
  • Universality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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