Network structures, environmental technology and contagion

Published on 14 October 2020

By Côme Billard

We represent a social system as a network of agents and model the process of technology diffusion as a contagion propagating in such a network. By setting the necessary conditions for an agent to switch (ie. to adopt the technology), we address the question of how to maximize the contagion of a technology subject to learning effects (eg. solar PV) in a network of agents. We focus the analysis on the influence of the network structure and technological learning on diffusion. Our numerical results show that clusters of agents are critical in the process of
technology contagion although they generate high levels of variance in aggregate diffusion. Whatever the network structure, learning effects ease the technology contagion in social networks.

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