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A nice description of agent-based modeling (long-ish):
Gilbert, N. (2008). Agent‐Based Models. Thousand Oaks, California USA: Sage Publications, Inc.

An description of agent-based modeling that includes description of emergence and complexity (even longer):
Page, S. (2005). Agent Based Models. To appear in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

An imperfect definition/interpretation of agent-based modeling (short):

Yet another definition/interpretation of agent-based modeling:


Simulating Visitor Impact on Public Land

Bayesian Networks

Collective Action

Ostrom, E. (2000). Collective action and the evolution of social norms. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14(3), 137-158.

Kurzban, R., & Houser, D. (2005). Experiments investigating cooperative types in humans: A complement to evolutionary theory and simulations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(5), 1803-1807.


Bowles, S. (2006). Group competition, reproductive leveling, and the evolution of human altruism. Science 314, 1569-1572.

Choi, J-K. & Bowles, S.(2007). The coevolution of parochial altruism and war. Science 318, 636-640.

Behavioral Economics

Camerer, C. F., & Lowenstein, G. (2004). Behavioral Economics: Past, Present, and Future. In C. F. Camerer, G. Lowenstein & M. Rabin (Eds.), Advances in Behavioral Economics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Fehr, E., & Fischbacher, U. (2002). Why social preferences matter - The impact of non-selfish motives on competition, cooperation and incentives. The Economic Journal, 112(478), C1-C33.

Fehr, E., & Schmidt, K. M. (1999). A theory of fairness, competition, and cooperation. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114(3), 817-868.

Samuelson, W., & Zeckhauser, R. (1988). Status quo bias in decision making. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 1, 7-59.