Economic Structures and Dynamics: A Morphogenetic View

Venkatachalam, Ragupathy and Kumar, Sunil Mitra. 2022. Economic Structures and Dynamics: A Morphogenetic View. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 61, pp. 474-485. ISSN 0954-349X [Article]

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Economic systems are characterised by constant change and evolution, and explanations concerning the properties of economic structures have received sustained interest. The structure of a system and its dynamics can influence each other through feedback effects. In this paper we offer a brief survey of how structure plays a role in dynamic economic theory – in particular, growth and business cycles. We propose a morphogenetic framework, inspired from the creation of forms in developmental biology, as a potential unifying approach for studying economic structures and their dynamics. We synthesise insights from three different strands of research, focusing on the role of coupling, diffusion and symmetry-breaking. We highlight their existing and prospective links with economics.

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Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Management Studies > Structural Economic Analysis


8 February 2021Accepted
8 March 2021Published Online
11 June 2022Published

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19 Mar 2021 16:42

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