Agent-Based Simulation of Policies to Reconnect a City and the Countryside

Tim Verwaart, Lan van Wassenaer, Gert J. Hofstede*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paperAcademicpeer-review


Anagent-basedmodel was created to capture the spatio-temporal dynamics of the economy at the level of a Dutch province. After 1945, Noord-Brabant has been subject to an active program of economic development through the stimulation of pig husbandry. This has had far-reaching effects on its economy, landscape, and environment. The simulation is at institutional level, with typical stakeholder groups, lobbies, and political parties playing a role in determining policies that in turn determine economic, spatial and ecological outcomes. It allows to experiment with alternative scenarios based on two political dimensions: local versus global issues, and economic versus social responsibility priorities. The paper describes the model and presents examples of outcomes showing disconnect and reconnect. The model shows very strong sensitivity to political context. It can serve as a reference model for other cases where “artificial institutional economy” is attempted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation - Proceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference, 2019
EditorsPetra Ahrweiler, Martin Neumann
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030615024
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2021
Event15th Social Simulation Conference, SSC 2019 - Mainz, Germany
Duration: 23 Sept 201927 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


Conference15th Social Simulation Conference, SSC 2019


  • institutions
  • Livelihood
  • Livestock farming
  • Regional policy


Dive into the research topics of 'Agent-Based Simulation of Policies to Reconnect a City and the Countryside'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this