Human Development Dynamics: An Agent Based Simulation of Adaptive Heterogeneous Games and Social Systems

  • Mark Abdollahian
  • Zining Yang
  • Patrick deWerk Neal
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8393)


In the context of modernization and development, the complex adaptive systems framework can help address the coupling of macro social constraint and opportunity with individual agency. Combining system dynamics and agent based modeling, we formalize the Human Development (HD) perspective with a system of asymmetric, coupled nonlinear equations empirically validated from World Values Survey (WVS) data, capturing the core qualitative logic of HD theory. Using a simple evolutionary game approach, we fuse endogenously derived individual socio-economic attribute changes with Prisoner’s Dilemma spatial intra-societal economic transactions. We then explore a new human development dynamics (HDD) model behavior via quasi-global simulation methods to explore economic development, cultural plasticity, social and political change.


economic development modernization cultural shift democratization co-evolution game theory agent based model techno-social simulation complex adaptive systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Abdollahian
    • 1
  • Zining Yang
    • 1
  • Patrick deWerk Neal
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Politics and EconomicsClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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