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Modeling the Use of Nonrenewable Resources Using a Genetic Algorithm

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  • Schunk, Daniel

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    (University of Zürich Institute for Empirical Research in Economics)

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This paper shows, how a genetic algorithm (GA) can be used to model an economic process: the interaction of profit-maximizing oil-exploration firms that compete with each other for a limited amount of oil. After a brief introduction to the concept of multi-agent-modeling in economics, a GA-based resource-economic model is developed. Several model runs based on different economic policy assumptions are presented and discussed in order to show how the GA-model can be used to gain insight into the dynamic properties of economic systems. The remainder outlines deficiencies of GA-based multi-agent approaches and sketches how the present model can be improved.

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Paper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 504, Universität Mannheim & Sonderforschungsbereich 504, University of Mannheim in its series Sonderforschungsbereich 504 Publications with number 03-23.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:xrs:sfbmaa:03-23

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