Simulation for Policy Inquiry

Simulation for Policy Inquiry

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Public policy and management problems have been described as poorly defined, messy, squishy, unstructured, intractable, and wicked. In a word, they are complex. This book illustrates the development and use of simulation models designed to capture some of the complexity inherent in the formulation, management, and implementation of policies aimed at addressing such problems. Simulation models have long existed at the fringes of policy inquiry but are not yet considered an essential component of the policy analysta€™s toolkit. However, this situation is likely to change because with improvements in computational power and software, simulation is now easier to include in the standard repertoire of research tools available for discovery and decision support. This volume provides both a conceptual rationale for using simulations to inform public policy and a practical introduction to how such models might be constructed and employed. The focus of these papers is on the uses of simulation to gain understanding and inform policy decisions and action. Techniques represented in this volume include Monte Carlo simulation, system dynamics and agent based modeling.Our calculations included the impact of the program upon AFDC/TANF benefits and Food stamps. We excluded the ... The 120 columns represent months over 10 years, and the 6, 184 rows represent the population of low-income families with children. The state of Louisiana ... component 6FITAP is the Louisiana cash grant assistance program for families suffering financial hardship. According to theanbsp;...


Title:Simulation for Policy Inquiry
Author: Anand Desai
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-06-12
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