This is a collection of all the references, tools, tips and techniques I come across in my PhD. Its split into two sections: (1) References related to Agent-based Modelling and (2) Tools, tips and techniques that help me in academia.
References for Agent-Based Modelling
Introductions and the Big Picture
Why we need Agent-based modelling:
- Drawing on Different Disciplines: Macroeconomic Agent-Based Models (Haldane and Turrell, 2019)
- More is different ... and complex! the case for agent-based macroeconomics (Dosi and Roventini, 2019)
Recent literature reviews:
- Chapter 2 - Agent-Based Macroeconomics (Dawid & Delli Gatti, 2018, in Handbook of Computational Economics) – Table and references for the main Macro ABM families can be found therein
- Tesfatsion's Curated List of Macroeconomic ABM Literature is a selection of ABM literature to consider. It doesn't seem to include work post-2016 unfortunately
- Validation of Agent-Based Models in Economics and Finance (Fagiolo et al., 2019, Chpt. 31 in Computer Simulation Validation by Beisbart and Saam)
- Tesfatsion's Empirical Validation Reading List is a great primer on the foundational issues in validating computational models.
My references for everything recent I have found on ABM
In a recent post I downloaded all the citations related to Agent-based Modelling from EconLit. I have also added a wide selection of empirical work and other sources I have read or will read. Upload coming soon (once I figure out how to share this easily)
Research Tools, Tricks and Techniques
Communicating with researchers and advisors
Throughout my research I come up with ideas (mostly while reading and writing). Naturally not all are good (most are rubbish), however there are some deserving of communicating with an advisor or potential co-author. To do so efficiently and in limited time requires a good structure. The one I have found to be very effective is that of Robert Faff:
- Original article on pitching research (10 min read)
- Accompanying guide (the pitch template is on pg. 27 as of 2021-04-01)
During my PhD, particularly with the work-from-home COVID situation, I have found it extremely effective to send weekly updates to my supervisors by email every Friday. Key points are: (1) brevity in sentences, (2) clearly mark questions, (3) Easy structure, (4) useful information to them.
Writing for economics
Digital tools like latex editors, markdown editors, and even this blog, have made writing a much smoother experience. I personally use overleaf or TeXstudio most of the time. BUT none of this tells us what we should write, much less whether for economic journals the structures are at all useful. Some links for writing and structuring research papers:
- Claudia Sahm has a great guide for introductions. Especially for empirical and job-market papers
- Dominika Langenmayr teaches a course on academic writing for economics and finance. She also regularly posts threads about her course:
Sources and Citations
I am an avid user of Zotero with the Zutilo, Zotfile, and BetterBibtex plugins. I also use the Chrome extension to automatically add to my library which I now store on dropbox so I can access it from home, the office, and on the go. All of this has made collecting literature reviews a breeze.