Mark Kritzman, Simon Myrgren, and Sebastien Page
A technique called dynamic programming can be used to identify an optimal rebalancing schedule, which significantly reduces rebalancing and sub-optimality costs. Dynamic programming provides solutions to multi-stage decision processes in which the decisions made in prior periods affect the choices available in later periods. Dynamic programming provides the optimal year-by-year decision policy by working backwards from year 10. The results of the test of the relative efficacy of dynamic programming and the MvD heuristic with data on domestic equities, domestic fixed income, non-US equities, non-US fixed income, and emerging market equities, show that the MvD heuristic performs quite well compared to the dynamic programming solution for the two-asset case and substantially better than other heuristics. The increase in the number of assets reduces the advantage of dynamic programming over the MvD heuristic and is reversed at the level of five assets. Dynamic programming cannot be applied beyond five assets, but the MvD heuristic can be extended up to 100 assets. The MvD heuristic reduces total costs relative to all of the other heuristics by substantial amounts. The performance of the MvD heuristic improves relative to the dynamic programming solution as more assets are added but this improvement reflects a growing reliance on an approximation for the dynamic programming approach.
Herbert Dawid, Simon Gemkow, Philipp Harting, Sander van der Hoog, and Michael Neugart
This chapter introduces the Eurace@Unibi model, one of the agent-based simulation models that are relatively new additions to the toolbox of macroeconomists, and the research that has been done within this framework. It shows how an agent-based model can be used to identify economic mechanisms and how it can be applied to spatial policy analysis. The assessment is that agent-based models in economics have passed the proof-of-concept phase and it is now time to move beyond that stage. It has been shown that new kinds of insights can be obtained that complement established modeling approaches. The chapter concludes by pointing toward some potentially fruitful areas of agent-based macroeconomic research.
Giulia Iori and James Porter
This chapter discusses a step in the evolution of agent-based model (ABM) research in finance. Agent-based modeling has concentrated on the development of stylized market models, which have been extremely useful for understanding how complex macro-scale phenomena emerge from micro-rules. In order to further develop ABMs from proof of concept into robust tools for policy makers, to control and forecast complex real-world financial markets, it is essential to permit agents to behave as active data-gathering decision makers with sophisticated learning capabilities. The main focus of this chapter is to show how agent based models (ABMs) in financial markets have evolved from simple zero- intelligence agents that follow arbitrary rules of thumb into sophisticated agents described by microfounded rules of behavior. The chapter then briefly looks at the challenges posed by and approaches to model calibration and provides examples of how ABMs have been successful at offering useful insights for policy making.
Frank Westerhoff and Reiner Franke
With the help of two examples, this chapter illustrates the usefulness of agent-based models as tools for economic policy design. The first example applies a financial market model in which the order flow of speculators, relying on technical and fundamental analysis, generates intricate price dynamics. The second example applies a Keynesian-type goods market model in which the investment behavior of firms, relying on extrapolative and regressive predictors, generates complex business cycles. It adds a central authority to these two setups and explores the impact of simple intervention strategies on the model dynamics. On the basis of these experiments, the chapter concludes that agent-based models may help us understand how markets function and evaluate the effectiveness of various stabilization policies.
Michael Neugart and Matteo Richiardi
The chapter reviews the literature concerning agent-based labor market models by tracing its roots to the microsimulation literature and surveying a selection of con- tributions made since the work by Bergmann and Eliasson et al. Agent-based models have been applied to explain stylized facts of labor markets as well as labor market policy evaluations. They also constitute a major part of agent-based macroeconomic models. Besides reviewing the various results achieved, the chapter discusses modeling choices with respect to agents' behavior and the structure of interaction. The overall assessment is that agent-based labor market models have given us valuable insights into the functioning of labor markets and the consequences of labor market policies, and that they will increasingly become an essential tool of analysis, in particular, when the construction of large macro-models is involved.
Halvor Mehlum and Karl Moene
This article explores the tendency for poverty and conflict, as well as for prosperity and peace, to reinforce one another, examining two specific factors. One is the type of rents that adversaries may contest, as rents can differ in terms of the vulnerability of their value to conflict; more vulnerable rents tend to induce more peace, whereas less vulnerable rents have the opposite effect. The second factor concerns the relationship between the elites and the entrepreneurs in their respective groups—specifically, the extent to which the elites care about their entrepreneurs. While these two factors can predispose countries to either virtuous or vicious circles, multiple equilibria are also possible.
Vassilios Vassiliadis and Georgios Dounias
The chapter discusses algorithmic trading, which refers to any automated process, consisting of a number of interconnected components, whose main aim is to perform financial transactions of any kind. Its chief advantage lies in the fact that human intervention is minimized to an acceptable extent. This is quite desirable because nowadays numerous factors affect financial decisions. Financial managers are able to deal with a limited amount of information. There are many ways to implement algorithmic trading systems. This chapter aims to highlight the efficiency of biologically inspired methodologies when incorporated in such systems. Biologically inspired intelligence comprises a range of algorithms whose common philosophy is based on the behavior of real-world, natural systems and networks. What is more, the performance of the applied nature-inspired intelligence (NII) methodologies is compared to traditional benchmark approaches such as the random portfolio construction.
Peter Gomber and Kai Zimmermann
The use of computer algorithms in securities trading, or algorithmic trading, has become a central factor in modern financial markets. The desire for cost and time savings within the trading industry spurred buy side as well as sell side institutions to implement algorithmic services along the entire securities trading value chain. This chapter encompasses this algorithmic evolution, highlighting key cornerstones in it development discussing main trading strategies, and summarizing implications for overall securities markets quality. In addition, it touches on the contribution of algorithmic trading to the recent market turmoil, the U.S. Flash Crash, including the discussions of potential solutions for assuring market reliability and integrity.
Petter N. Kolm and Lee Maclin
This article discusses the portfolio optimization with market impact costs, combining execution and portfolio risk, and dynamic portfolio analysis. A multi-period portfolio optimization model is proposed that incorporates permanent and temporary market impact costs, and alpha decay. There are five popular algorithmic trading strategies that include arrival price, market-on-close, participation, time-weighted average price (TWAP), and volume-weighted average price (VWAP). For a VWAP benchmark, the lowest risk execution is obtained by trading one's own shares in the same fractional volume pattern as the market. VWAP execution is expected to result in the lowest temporary market impact costs. The temporary market impact in a rate of trading model is a function of one's own rate of trading expressed as a fraction of the absolute trading activity of the market. One popular interpretation of the model is that the markets are relatively efficient with respect to the relationship between trading volume and volatility, which are typical inputs of the model. Any reduction in impact that results from more trading volume would be offset by an increase in impact due to increased volatility. The lowest absolute rate of trading can be realized by distributing one's orders evenly over time. This is called a time-weighted average price (TWAP) execution.
This chapter reviews recent developments in the analysis of macroeconomic panel data which typically involve aggregate variables from various countries. In contrast to the large N, small T framework that characterizes microeconomic panels, the two dimensions of a macroeconomic data set are more balanced, often providing a comparable number of time periods and countries (regions). Although this is inconsequential for the analysis based on the linear static panel data framework, it becomes crucial when estimating a dynamic model. A second important feature of macroeconomic data is cross-section dependence among countries. In many cases this dependence cannot be accommodated by a simple function of the geographical distance but also depends on trade relations and the level of economic development. Furthermore, cross-country data often exhibit a much richer pattern of heterogeneity that cannot be represented just by letting the intercept vary across countries. While it is often infeasible to allow for individual specific regression coefficients in a large N, small T panel framework, this may be a reasonable option when analyzing macroeconomic data.