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Why are economists sceptical about agent-based simulations?

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  • Leombruni, Roberto
  • Richiardi, Matteo

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Despite many years of active research in the field and a number of fruitful applications, agent-based modeling has not yet made it through to the top ranking economic journals. In this paper we investigate why. We look at the following problematic areas: (i) interpretation of the simulation dynamics and generalization of the results, and (ii) estimation of the simulation model. We show that there exist solutions for both these issues. Along the way, we clarify some confounding differences in terminology between computer science and economic literature.

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  • Leombruni, Roberto & Richiardi, Matteo, 2005. "Why are economists sceptical about agent-based simulations?," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 355(1), pages 103-109.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:355:y:2005:i:1:p:103-109
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2005.02.072
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