New book on how system dynamics thinking can be applied to economics

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For everyone interested in how economies work, a book grounded in systems thinking


A new book entitled Feedback Economics: Economic Modeling with System Dynamics is the first comprehensive collection of the variety of ways system dynamics thinking can be applied to economic matters.

The book enriches contemporary economic debate by shedding light on the feedback dynamics in economic systems that are often neglected, enabling the linking of economic and sustainability issues.

Confirms poverty theory

Centre researcher David Collste contributed a chapter, exploring a feedback theory of redistribution presented in one of the most influential papers in the history of social policy: Korpi and Palme’s ‘The Paradox of Redistribution and Strategies of Equality’ (1998).

According to the theory, countries with higher degrees of low-income social policies end up with higher degrees of poverty and inequality. This is a result of a feedback between the social policy design and the electorate’s support for an encompassing welfare state. In his book chapter, David Collste confirms the theory’s claim by presenting a simulation model that makes this counterintuitive outcome explicit.

For everyone interested in how economies work – this book offers perspectives grounded in systems thinking.

David Collste, chapter author

Bridging gaps

Other book chapters examine the philosophical differences between the economics and system dynamics communities in an effort to bridge existing gaps.

The book is designed for students and scholars in economics, as well as to practitioners and policy analysts interested in using systems thinking and system dynamics modeling to understand and improve economic systems around the world.

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Topics: Equity Economics
Published: 2021-12-02

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Cavana, R. Y., Dangerfield, B. C., Pavlov, O. V., Radzicki, M. J., & Wheat, I. D. (Eds.). (2021). Feedback Economics: Economic Modeling with System Dynamics. Springer International Publishing.


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