Two-Population Social Cycle Theories

29 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2015 Last revised: 7 Feb 2017

Date Written: September 1, 2015


Discerning family resemblances in the world of theories can be useful for several reasons. For one thing, noticing that two theories share the traits of a family of theories may help us to understand each of them better. Secondly, noticing the family resemblances may help us to model them more easily. In this paper, we note the large family of two-population social cycle theories, all based on a pattern of disruptions and adjustments. We show that agent based modeling using modern object-oriented programming techniques may benefit from finding such family resemblances.

Keywords: social cycle theory, agent-based modeling

JEL Classification: A12, B31, B41, E32

Suggested Citation

Callahan, Gene and Hoffmann, Andreas, Two-Population Social Cycle Theories (September 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Gene Callahan (Contact Author)

SUNY Purchase College ( email )

735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
United States

Andreas Hoffmann

Leipzig University ( email )

Institute for Economic Policy
Grimmaische Str. 12
Leipzig, 04109


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