Complexity hints for economic policy (New Economic Windows) by Massimo Salzano, David Colander

By Massimo Salzano, David Colander

This publication considers some great benefits of complexity, suggesting that economists may still turn into a piece much less sure of their coverage conclusions. A broader diversity of types would come with agent-based types, which use computational strength to accommodate specification of types which are a ways past analytic answer; and non-linear dynamic stochastic versions, lots of that are past analytic resolution, yet whose nature could be stumbled on through a mixture of analytics and laptop simulations.

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Complexity hints for economic policy (New Economic Windows)

This e-book considers some great benefits of complexity, suggesting that economists may still turn into a section much less definite of their coverage conclusions. A broader variety of versions would come with agent-based types, which use computational energy to accommodate specification of types which are a ways past analytic answer; and non-linear dynamic stochastic versions, a lot of that are past analytic resolution, yet whose nature could be chanced on via a mixture of analytics and desktop simulations.

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In order to take account of higher levels of complexity, more advanced approaches based on more sophisticated concepts of rationality and learning are required. Epistemic complexity is not a virtue, but a necessity. We have to introduce in our theoretical constructs and models the minimal level of complexity sufficient to take account of ontological complexity to the extent that it is essential for understanding and controlling empirical phenomena. All the definitions of complexity have in common the emergence of properties that cannot be defined within a simpler context.

The reason of its success rested on its capacity to deal, to some extent, with the existence of systematic errors and genuine learning. Notwithstanding the high sophistication reached by this literature, the idea was very simple and was constrained in such a way to avoid to challenge the paradigm of substantive rationality but only to add realism to it. It was assumed that a rational agent is able to learn so that the parameter a is always in the range of values that assure dynamic stability. The endogenous part, moreover, is assumed to be relevant for the short period (business cycle) while the exogenous part, fully consistent with the axioms of substantive rationality, was considered to be the center of attraction of the system always prevailing in the long period (growth).

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