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Meritocracy in the age of networks
Year:2013
Research Areas
  • Physics chemical and mathematical
Information
Abstract
A system is said to be meritocratic if the compensation and power available to individuals is determined by their abilities and merits. A system is topocratic if the compensation and power available to an individual is determined primarily by his or her position in a network. Here we introduce a simple agent based model to study the effects of networks in meritocracy. The model is perfectly meritocratic for fully connected networks but becomes topocratic for networks as sparse as those observed in society. Here individuals can produce and sell content -which we abstract as cultural content, such as books, films or music- and distribute the content produced by others. The production and distribution of content define two channels of compensation: a meritocratic channel where individuals are compensated for the content they sell and produce, and a topocratic channel, where individual compensation is based on the number of shortest paths that go through them in the network. We solve the model analytically and numerically for random and scale free networks, obtaining individuals payoff and the resulting income distributions. We conclude that the sparsity of networks represents a fundamental constraint to the meritocracy of modern societies.
International
Si
Congress
XXXIII Dynamics Days Europe [www.dynamics-days-europe-2013.org]
960
Place
Madrid
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
978-84-15302-43-8
Start Date
03/06/2013
End Date
07/06/2013
From page
182
To page
182
XXXIII Dynamics Days Europe. Book of Abstracts [www.dynamics-days-europe-2013.org/DDEXXXIII-AbstractsBook.pdf]
Participants
  • Autor: Francisco Javier Borondo Benito (UPM)
  • Autor: Florentino Borondo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Autor: Cesar A. Hidalgo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Sistemas Complejos
  • Departamento: Física y Mecánica Fundamentales y Aplicada a la Ingeniería Agroforestal
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