[Noisebridge-discuss] economics

Brian Morris cymraegish at gmail.com
Sun Nov 20 18:50:48 PST 2011


There are some good simulation packages, some in python if you know that
language or are interested in picking it up.

In terms of socio economics, ants are the lab rats. Surprisingly human like
in their organization of labor, competition, and conflict. Point being, you
can get a good start with  the simulation stuff by looking at ant models.

It is true that the principles of the individual acting to maximize their
utility or personal value are being put into question. There may be more
than greed operating when economies get into trouble.

Another interesting area to look at is political economy. A book that
really impressed me was Steven Weber's The Success of Open Source. (What
makes free software progress ? Is it some strange form of communism ? What
about things like Wikipedia ?)


On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 5:58 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>wrote:

> Does anyone know of a good online course in economics/macroeconomics? Or a
>> good char-course type book?
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Olya
>>
>
> You'll want to read economic sociology too:
> http://www.hks.harvard.edu/netgov/files/complexity/Granovetter%20Paper.pdf
>
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