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European Journal of Population

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 437–439 | Cite as

André Grow and Jan Van Bavel (eds): Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Applications

  • Thomas Fent
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What are agent-based models and how can they serve to answer research questions pending in contemporary population studies? Several authors contributed their approaches to these questions to this book. Agent-based models (ABMs) are computer simulations built from the bottom-up that allow for modelling-independent decisions and local interactions. This qualifies them as a tool for population studies whenever researchers want to go beyond the classic description of populations at the macro-level—the original meaning of the word demography. Patterns observed at the macro-level are then explained as an emerging result of a series of individual decisions taken at the micro level.

This book provides a collection of papers presented at the workshop on “Recent Developments and Future Directions in Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies” held at the University of Leuven in September 2014. Major progress was achieved in applying ABMs in demography since the publication of earlier volumes on...

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU)Vienna Institute of Demography/Austrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria

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