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Modeling Macroeconomies As Open-Ended Dynamic Systems of Interacting Agents


  • LeBaron, Blake
  • Tesfatsion, Leigh S.


This study discusses the potential applicability of Agent-based Computational Economics (ACE) for macroeconomic modeling, with a particular stress on the following three issues: (1) taxonomy - what types of agents for macroeconomic models?; (2) scale robustness - how many agents for macroeconomic models?; and (3) empirical validation - connecting to data. Annotated pointers to ACE macroeconomic research can be accessed here:

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  • LeBaron, Blake & Tesfatsion, Leigh S., 2008. "Modeling Macroeconomies As Open-Ended Dynamic Systems of Interacting Agents," Staff General Research Papers Archive 12973, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12973

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    2. Terrance Odean, 1999. "Do Investors Trade Too Much?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 89(5), pages 1279-1298, December.
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    agent-based computational economics; Macroeconomic modeling; Agent taxonomy; Scale robustness; Empirical validation;

    JEL classification:

    • B4 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology
    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D - Microeconomics
    • E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics


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