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The economy needs agent-based modelling

Nature volume 460, pages 685686 (06 August 2009) | Download Citation


The leaders of the world are flying the economy by the seat of their pants, say J. Doyne Farmer and Duncan Foley. There is, however, a better way to help guide financial policies.

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  1. J. Doyne Farmer is at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, USA, and at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy, and founded the quantitative trading firm Prediction Company.  jdf@santafe.edu

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  2. Duncan Foley is Leo Model Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, 6 East 16th Street, New York 10003, USA, and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute.  foleyd@newschool.edu

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