Italian Economic Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 285–306 | Cite as

An Agent Based Macroeconomic Model with Social Classes and Endogenous Crises

  • Alberto RussoEmail author
Research Paper


This paper proposes an agent based macroeconomic model in which income distribution and wealth accumulation depend on the role that agents play in productive activities, that is capitalists or workers. In this framework, social class dynamics underlie the endogenous process of firm formation. The focus is on the interplay between the evolution of social structure and macroeconomic dynamics and on how business cycles and crises may endogenously emerge as the result of the interaction between financial and real factors underlying the process of capitalist production.


Heterogeneous interacting agents Social structure Macroeconomic dynamics Inequality Crisis 

JEL Classification

P10 D31 C63 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Faculty of Economics “Giorgio Fuà”Università Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly

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