Re: Econ: Krugman attacks Bionomics

Robin Hanson (hanson@econ.Berkeley.EDU)
Tue, 04 Nov 1997 11:30:46 -0800

I wrote:
>big change is that now, 52 years later, we have powerful tools
>for studying these information dynamics. Most of my study and
>research has been into various types of information processes,
>and very little has been in supply and demand type reasoning.

David McFadzean responded:
>Interested subscribers may want to check out the web page for
>Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE) which is "roughly
>characterized as the computational study of economies modelled
>as evolving decentralized systems of autonomous interacting
>agents": <>

Alife fans may indeed want to check this out. But alife is about
as small a fraction of economic information analysis as it is
of engineer's use of computers. My point is that dominant
mainstream economist is very information centered, just as
standard engineering practice is now very computer centered.

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614