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New Studies on Economic Networks and Synchronization


Part of Physics of Society: Econophysics and Sociophysics

  • Date Published: July 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107198951

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  • The concepts of statistical physics and big data play an important role in the evidence-based analysis and interpretation of macroeconomic principles. The techniques of complex networks, big data, and statistical physics are useful to understand theories of economic systems, and the authors have applied these to understand the intricacies of complex macroeconomic problems. Recent research work using tools and techniques of big data, statistical physics, complex networks, and statistical science is covered, and basic graph algorithms and statistical measures of complex networks are described. The application of big data and statistical physics tools to assess price dynamics, inflation, systemic risks, and productivity is discussed. Chapter-end summary and numerical problems are provided to reinforce understanding of concepts.

    • Discusses economic networks and synchronization from the perspectives of statistical physics and complex networks
    • Covers recent researches based on empirical and large-scale datasets from Japan, the European Union and the US
    • Highlights applications in business cycles, price dynamics, productivity and systemic risks
    • Concepts are elaborated on by using big data and new tools
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    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107198951
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 191 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword, Acknowledgements, List of tables
    List of figures, prologue, 1. Introduction: reconstructing macroeconomics
    2. Basic concepts in statistical physics and stochastic models
    3. Income and firm-size distributions
    4. Productivity distribution and related topics
    5. Multivariate time-series analysis
    6. Business cycles
    7. Price dynamics and inflation/deflation
    8. Complex network, community analysis, visualization
    9. Systemic risks
    Appendix A: computer program for beginners

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    Hideaki Aoyama, Yoshi Fujiwara, Yuichi Ikeda, Hiroshi Iyetomi, Wataru Souma, Hiroshi Yoshikawa

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    Hideaki Aoyama, Kyoto University, Japan
    Hideaki Aoyama obtained his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1982 and studied High Energy Physics at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Massachusetts, and a lecturer at Northeastern University, Boston. He is an Advising Council for Credit Risk Database (Tokyo) and a Faculty Member of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo (RIETI).

    Yoshi Fujiwara, University of Hyogo, Kobe, Japan
    Yoshi Fujiwara is Professor of the Graduate School of Simulation Studies, University of Hyogo. He received his Ph.D. from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1992 and studied general relativity and quantum cosmology at the Yukawa Institute as a postdoctoral fellow. He was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara. He was engaged in research in econophysics at the Department of Economics, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy.

    Yuichi Ikeda, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Japan
    Yuichi Ikeda received his Ph.D. from Kyushu University in 1989 and studied experimental high energy physics at the Institute of Nuclear Science at Tokyo University as a postdoctoral fellow. He collaborated on the AGS-E-802 project at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York and was a visiting industrial fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a senior researcher at the Hitachi Research Institute during 2005 to 2008 before moving to his current position.

    Hiroshi Iyetomi, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
    Hiroshi Iyetomi obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1984 and continued to study strongly-coupled plasma physics as an assistant professor there. He worked at Hitachi Ltd. as a researcher before moving on to the current position. Also he studied condensed matter physics at Argonne National Laboratory as a research associate and was a visiting associate professor at Louisiana State University and a visiting fellow at Delft University of Technology. He was a specially appointed professor at the Department of Economics, University of Tokyo.

    Wataru Souma, Nihon University, Tokyo
    Wataru Souma obtained his Ph.D. from Kanazawa University, Japan in 1996 and studied High Energy Physics at Kyoto University, Japan. He is currently working as Associate Professor of Physics at the College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, Tokyo. He served as research fellow at Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International, Japan and as visiting associate professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

    Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Rissho University, Japan
    Hiroshi Yoshikawa received his Ph.D. from Yale University, Connecticut in 1978. He served as the President of the Japanese Economic Association in 2002, and is the Chairman of the Council on Fiscal Policy, Ministry of Finance, and also is a member of the Council on the Tax and the Social Security Reform, Cabinet, Japan. Among his several books, the latest is Reconstructing Macroeconomics: A Perspective from Statistical Physics and Combinatorial Stochastic Processes (Cambridge, 2007) with co-author Masano Aoki.

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