Computational and Experimental Economics

The workshop will run for 2 days and will take place on June 8-9, 2020 in Barcelona.

In this two days workshop we want to bring together researchers working in two still quite separate fields, computational economics and experimental economics, which, however, in recent years have seen a steady increase of fruitful interaction. The Handbook of Computational Economics, Heterogenous Agents, edited by Cars Hommes, Blake LeBaron, Volume 4, 2018, Elsevier, has produced the newest developments in both fields, yet more in parallel, i.e. in separate chapters, than through tied collaboration. Only a handful of researchers have worked in the intersection of both fields, despite their main common goals.

These include the understanding of the emergent dynamic properties of economic models which are too complex to be solved analytically, even when human behavior is captured by relatively simple heuristics, due to interactions out of equilibrium. Such models include Agent Based Modeling (ABM), models of learning based on genetic algorithm, Reinforcement models, and other learning models. While computational economics departs from simulations to derive their models, experimental economics uses human behavior and then simulation techniques to develop descriptive models of such behavior.

Among the organizers Arifovic and Ledyard are one of the few researchers who have worked since more than 30 years on the intersection of these two fields. Nagel has worked on experimental economics and Herbert Dawid on computational economics. Arifovic together with John Duffy (University of California, Irvine) and Nagel together with Felix Mauersberger (PhD UPF, now postdoc at University of Bonn) were the contributors of the two experimental economic chapters in the forementioned Handbook. Nagel gave a keynote in the recent Computational and Economic Finance conference, Milan, June 2018. Arifovic was the president of this association.

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Past editions

Speakers appear in the order in which they presented during the workshop.

2019 Edition