Computational Social Sciences

Simulating Societal Change

Counterfactual Modelling for Social and Policy Inquiry

Authors: Davis, Peter, Lay-Yee, Roy

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  • Features a full-scale, realistic, working simulation model of society based on demographic and social information and transitioning through time
  • Contains a comprehensive description of the construction of the working model, together with details of a novel open-source micro-simulation method that will facilitate transfer, application and learning across sites
  • Includes worked examples of key policy and substantive questions tested with the simulation model against real data
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This book presents a method for creating a working model of society, using data systems and simulation techniques, that can be used for testing propositions of scientific and policy nature. The model is based on the example of New Zealand, but will be applicable to other countries. It is expected that collaborators in other countries can emulate this example with their data systems for teaching and policy purposes, producing a cross-national "collaboratory". This enterprise will evolve with, and to a degree independently of, the book itself, with a supporting website as well as teaching and scientific initiatives. Readers of this text will, for the first time, have a simulation-based working model of society that can be interrogated for policy and substantive purposes. This book will appeal to researchers and professionals from various disciplines working within the social sciences, particularly on matters of demography and public policy.

About the authors

Peter Davis is Honorary Professor in the Department of Statistics and Emeritus Professor in Population Health and Social Science, at the University of Auckland. He was founding director of  the COMPASS (Centre of Methods and Policy Application in the Social Sciences) Research Centre and recently completed a two-year James Cook Fellowship funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has also held the position of Senior Editor (Health Policy) at Social Science and Medicine.

Roy Lay-Yee is Senior Research Fellow at the COMPASS Research Centre, University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include health services utilisation, use of official data, social simulation, ageing, social determinants and inequalities, and social connectedness.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 71,68 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04785-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Simulating Societal Change
Book Subtitle
Counterfactual Modelling for Social and Policy Inquiry
Authors
Series Title
Computational Social Sciences
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04786-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04786-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04785-6
Series ISSN
2509-9574
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 245
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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