The Study of Economy Dynamics and Social Structures

The study of dynamic economics explores the development in stability, complexity, and growth of the economic system. It examines a variety of patterns that require examination, including inhomogeneous growth and development across societies and regions constant economic instability that interrupts periods of relative stability; and spatial and temporal trends for business and financial instability. It is also interested in the ways these patterns are correlated to the structural characteristics of economic systems and, more specifically, the nature of the processes through which they change.

In its simplest form an economy is a network consisting of individuals who trade goods and services in order to meet their needs and wants. Although the current economic system is more complex than the early trades that created modern societies however, they are still based on similar principles. Emile Durkheim observed a correlation between the cohesion of a society’s economy and social cohesion. He distinguished “mechanical” from “organic” solidarities that are associated with the division of labor. In simpler societies, mechanical solidarity could originate from shared interests like religion or work. In more advanced societies, it could be a result of the interdependence that is a result of people working in specialized jobs. For instance, elementary school teachers rely on farmers to supply them with food; doctors rely on carpenters for shelter and so on.

The study of economic dynamics draws inspiration from psychology, sociology, and economics and is a subfield of system dynamics that applies behavioral theories to the study of social systems and emphasizes the importance of feedbacks. It is also connected to the field of complexity science, which focuses on non-equilibrium systems and importance of interactions.

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