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Agent-Based Modeling and Institutional Design

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The recent economic crisis has led to calls for a comprehensive restructuring of energy, financial, health care, and educational systems. Critics worry the restructuring of these complex institutional arrangements could produce adverse unintended consequences. Given these concerns, pre-testing of proposed changes is eminently desirable but also exceedingly difficult. This essay focuses on the potential use of agent-based modeling for studying proposed changes in institutional arrangements in advance of actual implementation. Ongoing agent-based research on the restructuring of electric power markets is used for concrete illustration.

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  • Tesfatsion, Leigh, 2011. "Agent-Based Modeling and Institutional Design," Staff General Research Papers Archive 32765, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:32765
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    1. Paul L. Joskow, 2006. "Markets for Power in the United States: An Interim Assessment," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 1), pages 1-36.
    2. Tesfatsion, Leigh, 2006. "Agent-Based Computational Economics: A Constructive Approach to Economic Theory," Handbook of Computational Economics,in: Leigh Tesfatsion & Kenneth L. Judd (ed.), Handbook of Computational Economics, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 16, pages 831-880 Elsevier.
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    1. Tesfatsion, Leigh & Jie, Yu & Rehmann, Chris R. & Gutowski, William J., 2015. "WACCShed: A Platform for the Study of Watersheds as Dynamic Coupled Natural and Human Systems," ISU General Staff Papers 201512160800001226, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    2. Leigh Tesfatsion, 2017. "Elements of Dynamic Economic Modeling: Presentation and Analysis," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 43(2), pages 192-216, March.
    3. Matteo G. Richiardi, 2015. "The future of agent-based modelling," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 141, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.
    4. Matteo G. Richiardi, 2017. "The Future of Agent-Based Modeling," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 43(2), pages 271-287, March.
    5. Tesfatsion, Leigh, 2014. "Elements of Dynamic Economic Modeling: Presentation and Analysis," Staff General Research Papers Archive 37306, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    agent-based modeling; Institutional Design; electric power markets;

    JEL classification:

    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy

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