© 2003

Heterogenous Agents, Interactions and Economic Performance

  • Robin Cowan
  • Nicolas Jonard
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 521)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Learning, Adaptation and Complex Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. F. Alkemade, J. A. La Poutré
      Pages 3-17
    3. G. Bottazzi, G. Devetag, G. Dosi
      Pages 19-42
    4. M. Marsili, R. Mulet, F. Ricci-Tersenghi
      Pages 61-74
    5. T. Płatkowski, M. Ramsza
      Pages 75-88
  3. Micro Foundations of Macro Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. U. Garibaldi, M. A. Penco, P. Viarengo
      Pages 91-103
    3. G. Giulioni, D. Delli Gatti, M. Gallegati
      Pages 105-118
    4. P. J.-J. Herings, R. J. A. P. Peeters
      Pages 119-135
  4. Social Interactions and Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. R. Cowan, N. Jonard, J.-B. Zimmermann
      Pages 155-174
    3. G. Haeringer
      Pages 175-191
    4. G. Weisbuch, G. Deffuant, F. Amblard, J.-P. Nadal
      Pages 225-242
  5. Finance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243

About these proceedings


In traditional economics models of perfect competition agent's interactions are all mediated through the market. Interactions are anonymous, global and indirect. This is a powerful model, but we see many instances in which one, and sometimes all, of the previous characteristics fail to hold true. The type of agent you are, or your identity, can affect the type of interaction we have, and most surely the relationship between micro-behaviour and macro-phenomena in non-trivial ways. This book contains a selection of papers presented at the 6th Workshop on Economics with Heterogenous Interacting Agents (WEHIA). The contributions show that work done in other fields like evolutionary biology, statistical mechanics, social network theory and others help us to understand the way in which economic systems operate. Virtually all of the papers presented in this volume draw on some aspect or other of these varied approaches to related problems.


Evolution Nation Simulation agents bifurcation dynamics economic growth economic systems economics efficiency inequality linear optimization modeling simulations

Editors and affiliations

  • Robin Cowan
    • 1
  • Nicolas Jonard
    • 2
  1. 1.MERITMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.CNRS, CREAParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Heterogenous Agents, Interactions and Economic Performance
  • Editors Robin Cowan
    Nicolas Jonard
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-44057-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-55651-7
  • Series ISSN 0075-8442
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 341
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economics, general
    Sociology, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

"This volume is a collection of papers presented at the sixth annual Workshop on Economics with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents (WEHIA) that was held in Maastricht. … A nice aspect of this … book is that at several points the reader gets a direct comparison of substantially different approaches to develop models that deal with similar economic issues. … Overall, this is a very interesting and useful book. The editors have been successful in attracting a strong group of active and original contributors … ." (Herbert Dawid, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, June, 2005)