Topics in Quantitative Sociology
Fall 2020 ENSAE
At the intersection of social science and physics, this stream of research identifies elementary properties to explain societal phenomena. We examine in particular research on the effect of population/city size.
West, 2010, Ch2, “Integrated sustainability and the underlying threat of urbanization” in Global Sustainability: A Nobel Cause, ed. Schellnhuber.
Bettencourt, 2013, Sci, "The origins of scaling in cities"
Case-study for reading and commentary
Bettencourt & al., 2007, PNAS, “Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities”
Case-studies for presentation
Bettencourt & al., 2007, RP, “Invention in the city: increasing returns to patenting as a scaling function of metropolitan size”
Bettencourt & al., 2010, PLoS1, “Urban scaling and its deviations: revealing the structure of wealth, innovation and crime across cities”