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Simulation, Synthesis and Urban Public Decision-Making


  • Michael A. Goldberg

    (University of British Columbia)


The 1960's saw the introduction of simulation techniques into the area of urban and regional planning. The present paper describes a large-scale urban simulation effort currently underway in Vancouver, British Columbia. The project differs from similar work in a number of ways. Most notably, the current effort stresses the process of model-building, including the widespread public use and discussion of the work and its limitations. The paper emphasizes this process orientation, and illustrates the content of the models with a detailed description of the economic submodel. This submodel combines input-output analysis with a simulation model of final demands to yield consistent economic forecasts for the region. Capsule summaries of the other submodels are also presented. The paper concludes with a focus on questions of use and misuse of simulation models.

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  • Michael A. Goldberg, 1973. "Simulation, Synthesis and Urban Public Decision-Making," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 20(4-Part-II), pages 629-644, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:20:y:1973:i:4-part-ii:p:629-644

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