Podcast Interview with Blair Fix on Capitalism, Hierarchy, and Energy

February 9, 2018

Blair Fix, whose publications are available on this site, was interviewed by Post-Scarcity Anarchism. The interview covers his research on energy use and the relationship between hierarchy and personal income. Worth the listen!

No. 2017/03: Fix, ‘Evidence for a Power Theory of Personal Income Distribution’

July 26, 2017

This paper proposes a new ‘power theory’ of personal income distribution. Contrary to the standard assumption that income is proportional to productivity, I hypothesize that income is most strongly determined by social power, as indicated by one’s position within an institutional hierarchy. While many theorists have proposed a connection between personal income and power, this paper is the … Read More

Fix, ‘Energy and Institution Size’

February 10, 2017

ABSTRACT Why do institutions grow? Despite nearly a century of scientific effort, there remains little consensus on this topic. This paper offers a new approach that focuses on energy consumption. A systematic relation exists between institution size and energy consumption per capita: as energy consumption increases, institutions become larger. I hypothesize that this relation results … Read More

Video of Blair Fix’s Presentation – Economic Growth as a Power Process

January 27, 2016

Is economic growth a miracle of the free market? According to mainstream theory, growth is best ensured through conditions of ‘perfect competition’. However, economic growth is tightly correlated with the concentration of power in the hands of large corporations. Why? The capital as power framework provides potential answers that turn mainstream theory on its head: … Read More

‘A Power Theory of Personal Income Distribution’, Public Lecture by Blair Fix

October 17, 2017

Due in no small part to the work of Thomas Piketty, the empirical study of income inequality has flourished in the last decade. But this plethora of new data has not led to a corresponding theoretical revolution. Why? The problem, I believe, is an unwillingness to question and test the basic assumptions on which current … Read More

Fix, ‘Energy and Institution Size’ (Dataset)

February 22, 2017

No. 2016/04: Fix, ‘Energy and Institution Size’

June 20, 2016

Why do institutions grow? Despite nearly a century of scientific effort, there remains little consensus on this topic. This paper offers a new approach that focuses on energy consumption. A systematic relation exists between institution size and energy consumption per capita: as energy consumption increases, institutions become larger. I hypothesize that this relation results from … Read More

No. 2014/05: Fix, “Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory” (Winner of the 2014 RECASP Essay Prize)

January 6, 2015

Working Paper No. 2014/05 Blair Fix, “Putting Power Back Into Growth Theory” * Winner of the 2014 RECASP Essay Prize * Neoclassical growth theory assumes that economic growth is an atomistic process in which changes in distribution play no role. Unfortunately, when this assumption is tested against real-world evidence, it is systematically violated. This paper … Read More