ISBN-10:
1118456076
ISBN-13:
9781118456071
Pub. Date:
01/11/2016
Publisher:
Wiley
Agent-Based Modelling in Economics / Edition 1

Agent-Based Modelling in Economics / Edition 1

by Lynne Hamill, Nigel Gilbert
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ISBN-13: 9781118456071
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nigel Gilbert, Professor of Sociology and Director of CRESS, University of Surrey, UK.

Lynne Hamill, Centre of Research in Social Simulation (CRESS), University of Surrey, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

Copyright notices ix

1 Why agent-based modelling is useful for economists 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 A very brief history of economic modelling 1

1.3 What is ABM? 4

1.4 The three themes of this book 5

1.5 Details of chapters 6

References 9

2 Starting agent-based modelling 11

2.1 Introduction 11

2.2 A simple market: the basic model 12

2.3 The basic framework 13

2.4 Enhancing the basic model: adding prices 18

2.5 Enhancing the model: selecting traders 21

2.6 Final enhancement: more economically rational agents 23

2.7 Running experiments 25

2.8 Discussion 26

Appendix 2.A The example model: full version 27

References 28

3 Heterogeneous demand 29

3.1 Introduction 29

3.2 Modelling basic consumer demand theory 30

3.3 Practical demand modelling 39

3.4 Discussion 43

Appendix 3.A How to do it 46

References 52

4 Social demand 53

4.1 Introduction 53

4.2 Social networks 53

4.3 Threshold models 56

4.4 Adoption of innovative products 62

4.5 Case study: household adoption of fixed-line phones in Britain 64

4.6 Discussion 70

Appendix 4.A How to do it 70

References 78

5 Benefits of barter 80

5.1 Introduction 80

5.2 One-to-one barter 81

5.3 Red Cross parcels 88

5.4 Discussion 96

Appendix 5.A How to do it 97

References 104

6 The market 105

6.1 Introduction 105

6.2 Cournot–Nash model 105

6.3 Market model 108

6.4 Digital world model 117

6.5 Discussion 124

Appendix 6.A How to do it 125

References 131

7 Labour market 132

7.1 Introduction 132

7.2 A simple labour market model 142

7.3 Discussion 151

Appendix 7.A How to do it 155

References 161

8 International trade 163

8.1 Introduction 163

8.2 Models 172

8.3 Discussion 183

Appendix 8.A How to do it 185

References 187

9 Banking 189

9.1 Introduction 189

9.2 The banking model 198

9.3 Discussion 206

Appendix 9.A How to do it 209

References 212

10 Tragedy of the commons 214

10.1 Introduction 214

10.2 Model 218

10.3 Discussion 225

Appendix 10.A How to do it 228

References 232

11 Summary and conclusions 234

11.1 Introduction 234

11.2 The models 234

11.3 What makes a good model? 237

11.4 Pros and cons of ABM 238

References 239

Index 242

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