Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86441
Authors: 
Hommes, Cars H.
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 05-056/1
Abstract: 
This paper surveys work on dynamic heterogeneous agent models (HAMs) in economics and finance. Emphasis is given to simple models that, at least to some extent, are tractable by analytic methods in combination with computational tools. Most of these models are behavioral models with boundedly rational agents using different heuristics or rule of thumb strategies that may not be perfect, but perform reasonably well. Typically these models are highly nonlinear, e.g. due to evolutionary switching between strategies, and exhibit a wide range of dynamical behavior ranging from a unique stable steady state to complex, chaotic dynamics. Aggregation of simple interactions at the micro level may generate sophisticated structure at the macro level. Simple HAMs can explain important observed stylized facts in financial time series, such as excess volatility, high trading volume, temporary bubbles and trend following, sudden crashes and mean reversion, clustered volatility and fat tails in the returns distribution.
Subjects: 
interacting agents
behavioral economics
evolutionary finance
complex adaptive systems
nonlinear dynamics
numerical simulation.
JEL: 
B4
C0
C6
D84
E3
G1
G12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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