Spatial Games

To do this week

  1. Read the four articles below in the order given.
  2. You are going to write a 2-3 page, single-spaced essay this week. You should address the following questions:
    • What are the general questions that Krugman addresses with his racetrack model? How does he address them? What is his research approach? What is his concept of "proof"?
    • For each of the remaining three papers, answer these questions:
      • What are the general questions the author addresses?
      • How do they address them?
      • What is their research approach?
      • What is their concept of proof?
      • If you remain unconvinced, what might they have done to strengthen their case?
    • Describe an agent-based follow-on to this paper. What hypotheses would you investigate? Describe the model. What journal would be a good outlet for this paper? Why would the editors accept your paper?
  3. On Thursday morning, no later than 8am EST, put a link to your essay on this page (below). You should also put a link to the essay on your personal wiki page.
  4. During class we will do the following:
    • We will have a discussion about the questions above.
    • Each of you will spend 10 minutes discussing (in whatever manner you deem appropriate) your answer to the third set of questions (your follow-on).

Articles to read

  1. "Complex landscapes in economic geography", by Paul Krugman, American Economic Review, 84:2 (May 1994), 412—416.
  2. "Computational modeling of city formation", by Kurt DeMaagd and Scott Moore, 2006.
  3. "Using classifiers to solve warehouse location problems," by Kurt DeMaagd and Scott Moore, Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences," 2007.
  4. "Living in enclaves", by Domenico Parisi and Massimiliano Ugolini. //Complexity, 7(1):21-7, 2002.

Other articles

  • Slides
  • "How the economy organizes itself in space: A survey of the new economic geography", by Paul Krugman. In The economy as an evolving complex system II, volume XXVII of SFI Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, pages 239-262, Addison-Wesley, 1997.
  • "Path dependence and the validation of agent-based spatial models of land use", by Daniel G. Brown et al. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 19(2):153-174, February 2005.
  • "Spatial Games and the Evolution of Cooperation," by Robert M. May, Sebastian Bohoeffer, and Martin A. Nowak, in Mora/n, F., Moreno, A., Morelo, J. J. and Chaco/n, P. (eds.) Advances in Artificial Life: Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL95) (Berlin: Sprnger-Verlag), 1995, pp. 749-759.

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