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-studies for reading, presentation and commentary
Bettencourt & al., 2007, PNAS, “Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities” [PRES]
Bettencourt & al., 2010, PLoS1, “Urban scaling and its deviations: revealing the structure of wealth, innovation and crime across cities” [PRES]
Commentaries: 1, 2
Case-studies for written reviews
Bettencourt & al., 2007, RP, “Invention in the city: increasing returns to patenting as a scaling function of metropolitan size” [REV]
Li & al., 2017, NC, “Simple spatial scaling rules behind complex cities” [REV]
Schläpfer & al., 2014, JRSI, “The scaling of human interactions with city size”
Youn & al., 2016, JRAI, “Scaling and universality in urban economic diversification”