New Frontiers in Microsimulation Modelling: Introduction
- Published: October 2009
- Authors: Paul Williamson, Ashghar Zaidi and Ann Harding
- Book Title: New Frontiers in Microsimulation Modelling
- Book ISBN: 978-0-7546-7647-8
- Page Numbers: 31-51
- Research Area: Wealth and Superannuation, Tax and Welfare Policy, Social Inclusion and Wellbeing, Poverty and Inequality, Population and Demography, Older Australians, Income, Wealth and Housing, Health, Disability and Ageing and Education and Training
In the past fifteen years, microsimulation models have become firmly established as vital tools for analysis of the distributional impact of changes in governmental programmes. Across Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, microsimulation models are used extensively to assess who are the winners and losers from proposed policy reforms; this is now expanding into new frontiers, both geographically and in terms of policy areas. With contributions from more than 60 international experts, this volume offers a comprehensive introduction to the state of microsimulation internationally, illustrating a wide range of new applications and approaches. It will be of relevance to government policy makers, social policy planners, economists and those concerned with predicting the impact of public policy change and to academics in a variety of disciplines, especially social and public policy, human geography, development studies and economics.