Socio-Economic Analogues of the Gas Laws (Boyle's and Charles')
Most social scientists would reject the possibility of socio-economic analogues of the gas laws (Boyle’s and Charles’) on verisimilitude grounds. The gas laws relate the variables temperature, pressure, and volume. The possibility of socio-economic analogues of the gas laws and their variables is suggested by the similarity of two mathematical models. One model is the Inequality Process (IP), a particle system model that explains a wide scope of socio-economic phenomena. The IP is isomorphic to the particle system of the Kinetic Theory of Gases (KTG) up to two differences. The KTG is the micro-level explanation of the gas laws. Given a map from the KTG into the IP, the IP implies empirically valid socio-economic analogues of Boyle’s and Charles’ Laws.
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- John Angle, 2007. "The Macro Model of the Inequality Process and The Surging Relative Frequency of Large Wage Incomes," Papers 0705.3430, arXiv.org.
- Angle, John & Nielsen, Francois & Scalas, Enrico, 2009. "The Kuznets Curve and the Inequality Process," MPRA Paper 16058, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 29 Jun 2009.
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