Stepping into new territory: Three essays on agent-based computational economics and environmental economics

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2014-01-01
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Ge, Jiaqi
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Leigh S. Tesfatsion
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Economics

The Department of Economic Science was founded in 1898 to teach economic theory as a truth of industrial life, and was very much concerned with applying economics to business and industry, particularly agriculture. Between 1910 and 1967 it showed the growing influence of other social studies, such as sociology, history, and political science. Today it encompasses the majors of Agricultural Business (preparing for agricultural finance and management), Business Economics, and Economics (for advanced studies in business or economics or for careers in financing, management, insurance, etc).

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The Department of Economic Science was founded in 1898 under the Division of Industrial Science (later College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); it became co-directed by the Division of Agriculture in 1919. In 1910 it became the Department of Economics and Political Science. In 1913 it became the Department of Applied Economics and Social Science; in 1924 it became the Department of Economics, History, and Sociology; in 1931 it became the Department of Economics and Sociology. In 1967 it became the Department of Economics, and in 2007 it became co-directed by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business.

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1898–present

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  • Department of Economic Science (1898–1910)
  • Department of Economics and Political Science (1910-1913)
  • Department of Applied Economics and Social Science (1913–1924)
  • Department of Economics, History and Sociology (1924–1931)
  • Department of Economics and Sociology (1931–1967)

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This dissertation explores various new tools and methodologies in economic research to study real-world social and economic systems. I am interested in developing research tools tailor-made to solve important social and economic issues. I am also interested in designing tools that are flexible and adaptable enough to be used in future research. The tools explored in the dissertation include agent-based computational modeling, meta-analysis methodology, as well as other analytic and empirical methodologies. In addition to tool building, I am interested in studying the complex and evolving nature of real-world social and economic systems. The issues studied in the dissertation range from water protection to housing market crises. The dissertation aims to expand the available toolkit for economic research, to establish a connection between conventional and new tools and push the research frontier, to answer important research questions and to solve real-world problems.

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