The winner takes it all—Competitiveness of single nodes in globalized supply networks

Autoři: Chengyuan Han aff001;  Dirk Witthaut aff001;  Marc Timme aff003;  Malte Schröder aff003
Působiště autorů: Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute for Energy and Climate Research - Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE), Jülich, Germany aff001;  Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Köln, Germany aff002;  Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) and Institute for Theoretical Physics, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(11)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225346


Quantifying the importance and power of individual nodes depending on their position in socio-economic networks constitutes a problem across a variety of applications. Examples include the reach of individuals in (online) social networks, the importance of individual banks or loans in financial networks, the relevance of individual companies in supply networks, and the role of traffic hubs in transport networks. Which features characterize the importance of a node in a trade network during the emergence of a globalized, connected market? Here we analyze a model that maps the evolution of global connectivity in a supply network to a percolation problem. In particular, we focus on the influence of topological features of the node within the underlying transport network. Our results reveal that an advantageous position with respect to different length scales determines the competitiveness of a node at different stages of the percolation process and depending on the speed of the cluster growth.

Klíčová slova:

Centrality – Economic agents – Economics – Network analysis – Scale-free networks – Transportation – Statistical mechanics – Economic geography


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