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Meritocracy and Topocracy in the Age of Networks
Year:2014
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 her position in a network. Here we introduce a model that is perfectly meritocratic for fully connected networks but that becomes topocratic for sparse networks-like the ones in society. In the model, individuals produce and sell content, but also distribute the content produced by others when they belong to the shortest path connecting a buyer and a seller. The production and distribution of content defines two channels of compensation: a meritocratic channel, where individuals are compensated for the content they 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 show that the distribution of payo?s is meritocratic only if the average degree of the nodes is larger than a root of the total number of nodes. We conclude that, in the light of this model, the sparsity and structure of networks represents a fundamental constraint to the meritocracy of societies.
International
Si
Congress
The 10th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications [http://www.aimsciences.org/conferences/2014/]
960
Place
Madrid
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
0000-0000
Start Date
07/07/2014
End Date
11/07/2014
From page
449
To page
449
The 10th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems Differential Equations and Applications - ABSTRACTS [http://www.aimsciences.org/conferences/2014/abstracts-book-finalized-2014-06-10.pdf]
Participants
  • Autor: Francisco Javier Borondo Benito (UPM)
  • Autor: F. Borondo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Autor: C. Rodriguez Sickert (Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile)
  • Autor: C. A. Hidalgo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Sistemas Complejos
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