Handbook of Computational Economics

Edited by

  • Karl Schmedders, Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Kenneth Judd, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA, USA

Handbook of Computational Economics summarizes recent advances in economic thought, revealing some of the potential offered by modern computational methods. With computational power increasing in hardware and algorithms, many economists are closing the gap between economic practice and the frontiers of computational mathematics. In their efforts to accelerate the incorporation of computational power into mainstream research, contributors to this volume update the improvements in algorithms that have sharpened econometric tools, solution methods for dynamic optimization and equilibrium models, and applications to public finance, macroeconomics, and auctions. They also cover the switch to massive parallelism in the creation of more powerful computers, with advances in the development of high-power and high-throughput computing.

Much more can be done to expand the value of computational modeling in economics. In conjunction with volume one (1996) and volume two (2006), this volume offers a remarkable picture of the recent development of economics as a science as well as an exciting preview of its future potential.

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Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals worldwide working on economic analyses.


Book information

  • Published: December 2013
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52980-0


"...indispensable reference works which belong in every professional collection, and form ideal supplementary reading for graduate economics students on advanced courses."--Zentralblatt MATH, Sep-14

"In this volume the best experts show the breadth and depth of the state of the art of computational tools ready to accurately compute solutions and equilibria with a wide range of applications and models in macroeconomics and finance."  --Cars Hommes, University of Amsterdam

"Volume 3 of the Handbook of Computational Economics, which reviews the development of computational algorithms yielding approximate equilibrium solutions for analytically modeled dynamic economic systems, provides a useful complement to Volume 2, which introduced agent-based computational economic (ACE) modeling tools for the computational study of economic processes as open-ended dynamic systems of interacting agents.  Particular attention is focused on dynamic stochastic models that generalize traditional assumptions regarding agent heterogeneity, preference specifications, decision horizons, state-space characteristics, market imperfections, idiosyncratic risks, and aggregate uncertainty. Building on earlier simulation techniques, the computational algorithms incorporate recent advances in projection methods and perturbation techniques."   --Leigh Tesfatsion, Iowa State University

Table of Contents

  1. Learning About Learning in Dynamic Economic Models - David A. Kendrick, Hans M. Amman, & Marco P. Tucci
  2. On the Numerical Solution of Equilibria in Auction Models with Asymmetries within the Private-Values Paradigm - Timothy P. Hubbard & Harry Paarsch
  3. Analyzing Fiscal Policies in a Heterogeneous-Agent Overlapping Generations Economy - Shinichi Nishiyama & Kent Smetters
  4. On Formulating and Solving Portfolio Decision and Asset Pricing Problems - Yu Chen, Thomas F. Cosimano, & Alex A. Himonas
  5. Computational Methods for Derivatives with Early Exercise Features - Carl Chiarella, Boda Kang, Gunter Meyer, & Andrew Ziogas
  6. Solving and Simulating Models with Heterogeneous Agents and Aggregate Uncertainty - Yann Algan, Olivier Allais, Wouter J. den Haan, & Pontius Rendahl
  7. Numerical Methods for Large Scale Dynamic Economic Models - Lilia Maliar & Serguei Maliar
  8. Advances in Numerical Dynamic Programming and New Applications - Yongyang Cai & Kenneth L. Judd
  9. Accuracy of Numerical Errors - Adrian Peralta-Alva & Manuel S. Santos
  10. GPU Computing in Economics - Eric Aldrich
  11. Computing All Solutions to Polynomial Equations in Economics - Felix Kubler, Philipp Renner, & Karl Schmedders