Handbook of Computational Economics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444641311

Handbook of Computational Economics, Volume 4

1st Edition

Heterogeneous Agent Models

Editors: Cars Hommes Blake LeBaron
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444641311
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 1000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Heterogeneity?
Cars Hommes (University of Amsterdam) and Blake LeBaron (Brandeis University)

1. Bounded Rationality and Heterogeneous Agents in Macroeconomics: Microfoundations
William Branch (UCI), Bruce McGough (University of Oregon)
2. Agent-based Macroeconomics (including policy & innovation)
Herbert Dawid (University of Bielefeld) , Domenico Delli Gatti (Cattolica Milan)
3. Firm Dynamics
Rob Axtell (George Mason University)
4. Heterogeneous Agents in DSGE Models
Wouter den Haan (LSE)

5. Heterogeneous Agent Models in Finance
Tony He (UTS, Sydney), Roberto Dieci (University of Bologna)
6. Market Microstructure and Leverage Cycles
Doyne Farmer (Oxford University), Jean-Philippe Bouchaud (CFM, Paris)

Empirical Validation and Experiments
7. Empirical Validation of Heterogeneous Agent Models
Thomas Lux (University of Kiel) , Remco Zwinkels (EUR, Rotterdam)
8. Experimental Macroeconomics
Jasmina Arifovic (Simon Fraser), John Duffy (UCI)
9. Experimental Games
Rosemarie Nagel (UPF), Nick Vriend (Queen Mary)

10.Complex Financial Networks
Giulia Iori (City University), Rosario Mantegna (European University)
11. Economic and Social Networks Sanjeev Goyal
(Cambridge University) and Matt Jackson (Stanford)

Other Applications
12 Innovation Diffusion in Heterogeneous Populations
Peyton Young (University of Oxford)
13. Market Design and Electricity Markets
Leigh Tesfatsion (Iowa State University)

Perspectives on Heterogeneity
14. Complexity and Heterogeneity
William Brock and Alan Kirman (GREQAM)


Handbook of Computational Economics: Heterogeneous Agent Models, Volume Four, focuses on heterogeneous agent models, emphasizing recent advances in macroeconomics (including DSGE), finance, empirical validation and experiments, networks and related applications. Capturing the advances made since the publication of Volume Two (Tesfatsion & Judd, 2006), it provides high-level literature with sections devoted to Macroeconomics, Finance, Empirical Validation and Experiments, Networks, and other applications, including Innovation Diffusion in Heterogeneous Populations, Market Design and Electricity Markets, and a final section on Perspectives on Heterogeneity.

Key Features

  • Helps readers fully understand the dynamic properties of realistically rendered economic systems
  • Emphasizes detailed specifications of structural conditions, institutional arrangements and behavioral dispositions
  • Provides broad assessments that can lead researchers to recognize new synergies and opportunities


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About the Editors

Cars Hommes Editor

Cars Hommes is one of the pioneers in complexity economics. His work on nonlinear complex economic systems challenges the traditional neoclassical paradigm of the representative rational agent in economics. In a rational world the economy is characterized by an average agent (consumer, producer, investor, etc.), who is a perfect optimizer with rational expectations about the future. Hommes' work develops an alternative complexity paradigm based on agent-based behavioral complexity models.He has published more than 100 articles in leading international journals and book chapters and he is the author and editor of four books. He has been Editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (2002-2012) and is the president elect of the international Society of Computational Economics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Amsterdam School of Economics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Blake LeBaron Editor

Blake LeBaron has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the Abram L. and Thelma Sachar Chair of International Economics at the International Business School, Brandeis University. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and was a Sloan Fellow. LeBaron also served as director of the Economics Program at The Santa Fe Institute in 1993. LeBaron's research has concentrated on the issue of nonlinear behavior of financial and macroeconomic time series. He has been influential both in the statistical detection of nonlinearities and in describing their qualitative behavior in many series. LeBaron's current interests are in understanding the quantitative dynamics of interacting systems of adaptive agents and how these systems replicate observed real world phenomenon. Also, LeBaron is interested in understanding some of the observed behavioral characteristics of traders in financial markets. This behavior includes strategies such as technical analysis and portfolio optimization, along with policy questions such as foreign exchange intervention. In general, he seeks to find out the empirical implications of learning and adaptation as applied to finance and macroeconomics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Brandeis University, USA