MICROSIMULATION MODELLING

Microsimulation was introduced over four decades ago and has experienced somewhat of a revival in the social sciences lately. As a result many microsimulation models currently exist with a wide range of specialties. The Spatial Modelling Centre in Kiruna, Sweden, has contributed to this field by constructing a spatial dynamic microsimulation model, called SVERIGE or System for Visualizing Economic and Regional Influences in Governing the Environment. This model is unique; it is the first national level spatial model of such kind, which makes it possible to analyze the spatial consequences of various public policies. The "space" in spatial microsimulation is achieved by incorporating regional attributes in modelling the various socioeconomic modules of the model and constructing from scratch a module for modelling internal migration in Sweden. Furthermore, the results of the model can be illustrated via maps and Geographic Information Systems. This paper describes the effort in building the model and its different components.

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Rephann, Terance, Kalle Mäkilä, and Einar Holm. 2003. Microsimulation for local impact analysis: An application to plant shutdown. Paper to be presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Association Meetings in Philadelphia, PA on November 20-22, 2003. (submitted to Journal of Regional Science).

Rephann, Terance and Kalle Mäkilä. 2002. Simulating the effects of plant shutdown on workers, families, and communities. Paper to be presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association on April 10-12, 2003 in Louisville, KY.

Rephann, Terance and Einar Holm. 2002. Economic-demographic effects of immmigration: Results from a dynamic, spatial microsimulation model. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association on April 11-13, 2002 in Arlington, VA (forthcoming in International Regional Science Review) [Microsoft Powerpoint presentation].

Vencatasawmy, Coomaren P., Terance Rephann, and Einar Holm. 1999. Building a spatial microsimulation model. Paper presented at the 11th European Colloquium on Quantitative and Theoretical Geography in Durham, England, on September 3-7, 1999 [Microsoft Powerpoint presentation of earlier paper draft].

Powerpoint slide presentation of paper presented at the 11th European Colloquium on Quantitative and Theoretical Geography in Durham, England, on September 3-7, 1999.

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