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SEAL's operating manual: a Spatially-bounded Economic Agent-based Lab


  • Bernardo Alves Furtado
  • Isaque Daniel Rocha Eberhardt
  • Alexandre Messa


This text reports in detail how SEAL, a modeling framework for the economy based on individual agents and firms, works. Thus, it aims to be an usage manual for those wishing to use SEAL or SEAL's results. As a reference work, theoretical and research studies are only cited. SEAL is thought as a Lab that enables the simulation of the economy with spatially bounded microeconomic-based computational agents. Part of the novelty of SEAL comes from the possibility of simulating the economy in space and the instantiation of different public offices, i.e. government institutions, with embedded markets and actual data. SEAL is designed for Public Policy analysis, specifically those related to Public Finance, Taxes and Real Estate.

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  • Bernardo Alves Furtado & Isaque Daniel Rocha Eberhardt & Alexandre Messa, 2016. "SEAL's operating manual: a Spatially-bounded Economic Agent-based Lab," Papers 1609.03996,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1609.03996

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    1. Bernardo Alves Furtado & Isaque Daniel Rocha Eberhardt, 2016. "A Simple Agent-Based Spatial Model of the Economy: Tools for Policy," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 19(4), pages 1-12.
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    3. Joshua M. Epstein & Robert L. Axtell, 1996. "Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262550253, January.
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    1. Bernardo Alves Furtado & Isaque Daniel Eberhardt Rocha, 2017. "An applied spatial agent-based model of administrative boundaries using SEAL," Papers 1702.03226,, revised Mar 2017.

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