Special Issue "Statistical Physics for the Digital Economy"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Statistical Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Di Matteo
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Department of Mathematics, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
Interests: complex systems; econophysics; information filtering; mathematical finance; complex networks
Dr. Pierpaolo Vivo
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Quantitative and Digital Law Lab, Department of Mathematics, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
Interests: random matrix theory; statistical mechanics; complex systems; legal complexity; quantitative social science
Dr. Giacomo Livan
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1. Department of Computer Science, University College London, 66-72 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EA, UK; 2. Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK
Interests: complex systems; random matrix theory; econophysics
Dr. Silvia Bartolucci
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Department of Finance, Imperial College Business School, South Kensington Campus, Ayrton Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2AZ, UK
Interests: complex systems; distributed ledger technologies; fintech

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last decade has witnessed the emergence of an ecosystem of disruptive and intertwined technologies that are accelerating the digitisation of information and increasing connectivity in the economy. In this new “digital economy” era, a substantial portion of online decision making is delegated to interacting algorithms, standard financial intermediaries are replaced by peer-to-peer networks of agents, new purely digital assets and tokens are issued and transferred over decentralised platforms and a large amount of data is made available to business and consumers alike. Technologies driving the change include but are not limited to distributed ledgers, cloud computing and AI.

As the complexity and the size of the digital economies grow, with a large number of agents voluntarily interacting over a large decentralised network, theoretical and computational tools borrowed from statistical physics and complexity science are expected to acquire a paramount role.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions primarily in the following research areas, using standard statistical physics tools (network theory, stochastic processes, phase transitions, information theory and inference, etc.):
  • Stability, functioning and vulnerability of peer-to-peer systems, including DLT, blockchains and decentralised marketplaces.
  • Impact on the standard banking system of new players (BigTech firms, challenger banks).
  • Unintended consequences of algorithmic interaction (e.g., flash crashes caused by automated high-frequency trading algorithms, spread of misinformation fuelled by bot ecosystems).
  • Algorithmic bias and its implications (e.g., in online lending platforms)
  • Trust and reputation on decentralised platforms.
  • Pricing and valuation of nonstandard financial assets and digital tokens.
  • Evolution and competition of new technologies and innovations.
  • Collective phenomena and dynamics on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending platforms.

We welcome more speculative theoretical contributions on innovative and unexplored applications of Statistical physics to all areas of the digital economy.

Prof. Tiziana Di Matteo
Dr. Pierpaolo Vivo
Dr. Giacomo Livan
Dr. Silvia Bartolucci
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • network theory
  • peer-to-peer systems
  • sharing economy
  • digital trust
  • reputation systems
  • algorithmic interaction
  • algorithmic bias
  • blockchain
  • digital tokens
  • cryptocurrency
  • FinTech

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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