New call for papers – Simulations in economics

Posted on 2018/07/04. Filed under: 綜合 |

Œconomia – History/Methodology/Philosophy

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to inform you that Œconomia launches a new call for
papers :

From thought experiments to Agent Based Models and calibration. Reflecting
(on) the many facets of simulations in economics.

Editors of special issue: Muriel Dal Pont Legrand (Université Nice Sophia
Antipolis), John Davis (Marquette University and University of Amsterdam),
Magda Fontana (Università di Torino), Cyril Hédoin (Université de Reims –
Champagne-Ardenne), Alan Kirman (EHESS).

The call is available at

We invite you to circulate this call to your interested colleagues.

Best regards

On behalf of the editors
Jean-Sébastien Lenfant

From thought experiments to Agent Based Models and calibration. Reflecting
(on) the many facets of simulations in economics.

Expression of interest: July 30th 2018.

Notification by the editors: August 30th 2018.

Dedicated Workshop at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, February-March
2019 (to be confirmed)

Deadline for submission of revised papers: May 30th 2019.

Planned publication of the issue: March 2020.

Simulation as a method of investigation or of validation in economics has been
used steadily although with parsimony since the second half of the 20th
century. Perhaps it would be more correct to say that simulation methods have
been confined to the work done by economists that has never come to the
foreground and rarely been debated, in contrast to the extensive literature on
the use of experimental methods in economics. However, there is now a growing
awareness that a body of practices in economics can be grouped together under
the heading of simulation methods, and share a number of specific goals within
economics as a whole. Historians of economic thought still largely ignore this
territory (Colander (ed.), 2000; Fontaine and Leonard (eds), 2005) and it is
only over the last decade that there has been a growing interest for
methodological and epistemological issues linked with simulation proper (e.g.
Reiss, 2011; Fontana, 2006; Grüne-Yanoff & Weirich, 2010). Recent advances in
the use of Agent-Based Models in economics, as well as continuous developments
of technologies and transformations in the representations of economic
practices, make simulations an ever more attracting or even a necessary step
in theoretical and applied work in economics. The time is ripe for reflecting
on the recent and older trends pushing forward simulation in economics,
discussing and confronting their contexts of development and purposes, and
elaborating on the various kinds of epistemological or methodological stances
that account for their proper use in economics and other social sciences.

Œconomia intends to publish a special issue covering these various historical
and epistemological aspects of simulation. The remainder of this call provides
an overview of the different directions of research that may be usefully
investigated regarding simulation in economics. It then provides a short (non-
exclusive) list of possible themes of investigation and gives some practical
information about the schedule of the special issue.

The dominant view of simulation is that the economics profession is still
reluctant to place simulation on the same footing as other methodological
tools of research, for reasons that have to do with the epistemic qualities of
the outcomes obtained from simulations. This deserves to be discussed on
different grounds. First, there is a question of definition. Second, there is
the historical aspect of the issue. Third, there are the methodological
issues, which leads to discussing the goals of simulation within the various
steps of any economic inquiry.


Œconomia – History/Methodology/Philosophy

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