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Introduction to Computational Economics Using Fortran

By Hans Fehr and Fabian Kindermann (2018)
Oxford University Press

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Overview

  • Simplifies computational methods to enable a seamless introduction to using Fortran to conduct economic research
  • An essential apparatus for using computational economics, including a programming and installation guide as well as a handy toolbox for the new user
  • Self-contained chapters enabling the reader to choose to study the topics of most interest to them
  • Comprises theory, numerical implementation, and simulation, allowing the reader to gain a complete picture of the process of developing computational methods and how to use them in practice
  • Includes an extensive exercise section offering the reader substantial practical programming experience
  • Accompanied by a website from which readers can download all program codes as well as a numerical toolbox, and receive technical information on how to install Fortran on their computer

Description

Introduction to Computational Economics Using Fortran is the essential guide to conducting economic research on a computer. Aimed at students of all levels of education as well as advanced economic researchers, it facilitates the first steps into writing programs using Fortran.

Introduction to Computational Economics Using Fortran assumes no prior experience as it introduces the reader to this programming language. It shows the reader how to apply the most important numerical methods conducted by computational economists using the toolbox that accompanies this text. It offers various examples from economics and finance organized in self-contained chapters that speak to a diverse range of levels and academic backgrounds. Each topic is supported by an explanation of the theoretical background, a demonstration of how to implement the problem on the computer, and a discussion of simulation results. Readers can work through various exercises that promote practical experience and deepen their economic and technical insights.

This textbook is accompanied by a website from which readers can download all program codes as well as a numerical toolbox, and receive technical information on how to install Fortran on their computer.

Contents

Part I: An Introduction to Fortran 90 and Numerical Methods

  • Fortran 90: A Simple Programming Language
  • Numerical Solution Methods

Part II: Computational Economics for Beginners

  • The Static General Equilibrium Model
  • Topics in Finance and Risk Management
  • The Life Cycle Model and Intertemporal Choics
  • The Overlapping Generations Model
  • Extending the OLG Model

Part III: Advanced Computational Economics

  • Introduction to Dynamic Programming
  • Dynamic Macro I: Infinite Horizon Models
  • Life-Cycle Choices and Risk
  • Dynamic Macro II: The Stochastic OLG Model

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