Microsimulation Modelling of the Corporate Firm

Exploring Micro-Macro Economic Relations

  • Frank W. van Tongeren

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 427)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-xvii
  2. Frank W. van Tongeren
    Pages 1-9
  3. Frank W. van Tongeren
    Pages 10-45
  4. Frank W. van Tongeren
    Pages 46-70
  5. Frank W. van Tongeren
    Pages 71-84
  6. Frank W. van Tongeren
    Pages 85-100
  7. Frank W. van Tongeren
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  8. Frank W. van Tongeren
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  9. Frank W. van Tongeren
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 215-278

About this book


My interest in microsimulation started to develop when I was exposed to the works of Guy Orcutt and his associates on microsimulation of households in the USA, and those of Gunnar Eliasson and his associates on simulatio~ of Swedish firms. Their approaches promised the exciting possibility to represent an by simulating the behaviour of individual microeconomic entire economic system units on a computer. The construction of a large scale microsimulation model seemed to be a worthwhile adventure which could yield much more detailed results than existing models. It was also evident that microsimulation of firms is a relatively underdeveloped area, in spite of the large number of operational microsimulation models of households in the USA and Europe. Developing the computer implementation has been an integral part of the research. Translating initially vague ideas into mathematical formulae and subsequently into a structured computer language provides a testing ground for 10Bical consistency of ideas. When writing this book I have purposefully abstained from describing the computer program and dedicated solution algorithms. The reason is that the book is primarily directed towards readers interested in economics and therefore uses the language of economics and not that of computer science. The simulation model has been programmed for the personal computer in Turbo Pascal. Sophisticated memory management techniques have lifted constraints on the number of firms which can be simulated on the PC.


Allgemeines Gleichgewicht-Modell General Equilibrium Model Industrieökonomik Microsimulation Mikrosimulation Simulation equilibrium general equilibrium industrial organization modeling organization Ökonomik

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank W. van Tongeren
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-59443-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-52068-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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