The agent-based model captures the spatio-temporal institutional dynamics of the economy over the years at the level of a Dutch province. After 1945, Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands has been subject to an active program of economic development through the stimulation of pig husbandry. This has had far-reaching effects on its economy, landscape, and environment. The agents are households. The simulation is at institutional level, with typical stakeholder groups, lobbies, and political parties playing a role in determining policies that in turn determine economic, spatial and ecological outcomes. It allows to experiment with alternative scenarios based on two political dimensions: local versus global issues, and economic versus social responsibilitypriorities. The model shows very strong sensitivity to political context. It can serve as a reference model for other cases where “artificial institutional economics” is attempted.
The present release is presented in the Social Simulation Conference SSC19:
Verwaart, T., van Wassenaer, L., Hofstede, G.J.: Agent-based Simulation of Policies to Reconnect a City and the Countryside. Paper presented in the Social Simulation Conference 2019, Mainz, 23 – 27 September 2019 (2019)