Empirical Validation of Agent-Based Models

In: C. Hommes and B. LeBaron (eds), Handbook of Computational Economics 4, pp: 437-488.

115 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2017 Last revised: 12 Nov 2018

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Thomas Lux

University of Kiel - Institute of Economics; University of Bonn - Economic Science Area

Remco C. J. Zwinkels

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

Date Written: November 12, 2018

Abstract

The literature on agent-based models has been highly successful in replicating many stylized facts of financial and macroeconomic time series. Over the past decade, however, also advances in the estimation of such models have been made. Due to the inherent heterogeneity of agents and nonlinearity of agent-based models, fundamental choices have to be made to take the models to the data. In this chapter we provide an overview of the current literature on the empirical validation of agent-based models. We discuss potential lessons from other fields of applications of agent-based models, avenues for estimation of reduced form and 'full-edged' agent-based models, estimation methods, as well as applications and results.

Keywords: agent-based models, heterogeneous agent models, empirical methods

JEL Classification: G02, G10, C18

Suggested Citation

Lux, Thomas and Zwinkels, Remco C.J., Empirical Validation of Agent-Based Models (November 12, 2018). In: C. Hommes and B. LeBaron (eds), Handbook of Computational Economics 4, pp: 437-488.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2926442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2926442

Thomas Lux

University of Kiel - Institute of Economics ( email )

Olshausenstr. 40
D-24118 Kiel, 24098
Germany

University of Bonn - Economic Science Area ( email )

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Germany
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Remco C.J. Zwinkels (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

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Amsterdam, NL-1081HV
Netherlands
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HOME PAGE: http://research.vu.nl/en/persons/remco-zwinkels

Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA) ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1082 MS
Netherlands

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