Agent-Based Models in Development Economics

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Florian Chávez-Juárez

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas

Date Written: May 25, 2015


In this article I discuss the potential role of agent-based modeling techniques in development economics. Development economics has recently seen a strong rise of experimental evidence from the field and the laboratory. At the same time, there is a debate on how theory should adapt to this new approach and its findings. I argue in this paper that the agent-based modeling approach is a promising complement to the traditional modeling techniques, as it can easily incorporate the non-standard findings of the experimental literature. Moreover, I emphasize the opportunity of a mutually beneficial interplay between experiment based empirical research and agent-based models.

Keywords: development economics, agent-based modeling techniques, randomized field trials, experiments, behavioral economics, poverty reduction

JEL Classification: B40, C63, C93, I30, I38, O12, O22

Suggested Citation

Wendelspiess Chávez Juárez, Florian, Agent-Based Models in Development Economics (May 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Florian Wendelspiess Chávez Juárez (Contact Author)

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas ( email )

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