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The origin of asymmetric behavior of money flow in the business firm network

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In the business firm network, the number of in-degrees and out-degrees show the same scale-free property, however, the distribution of authorities and hubs show asymmetric behavior. Here we show the result of an analysis of the two-link structure of the network to find the origin of this asymmetric behavior. We find the tendency for big construction firms intermediating small subcontracting firms to have higher hub degrees. By measuring the strength of preferential attachment rate of new companies, we also find a abnormally strong preferential attachment for which the exponent is 1.4 with respect to out-degree when a new company forms a business partnership with a construction company. We propose a new model that reproduces the asymmetric behavior of the degrees of authorities and hubs by changing the preferential attachment rate between the in-degree and the out-degree in the business firm network.

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Miura, W., Takayasu, H. & Takayasu, M. The origin of asymmetric behavior of money flow in the business firm network. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 212, 65–75 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1140/epjst/e2012-01654-7

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Keywords

  • European Physical Journal Special Topic
  • Degree Distribution
  • Preferential Attachment
  • Strongly Connected Component
  • Asymmetric Behavior