Computational economics explores the intersection of economics and computation. These areas include agent-based computational modeling, computational econometrics and statistics, computational finance, computational modeling of dynamic macroeconomic systems, computational tools for the design of automated Internet markets, programming tools specifically designed for computational economics, and pedagogical tools for the teaching of computational economics. Some of these areas are unique to computational economics, while others extend traditional areas of economics to new areas through computational techniques.

In Memoriam: Prof. Jasmina Arifovic

The Society for Computational Economics is saddened to announce that its former president Professor Jasmina Arifovic passed away in January 2022. Jasmina Arifovic has made outstanding contributions to the field of computational economics and has been a pillar of the Society for Computational Economics for many years. She did highly influential work on the use of evolutionary learning algorithms for modelling boundedly rational behavior in numerous economic settings and policy domains and was a pioneer in combining experimental and computational approaches. Jasmina Arifovic's work was published in leading journals and had large impact on the profession. Jasmina Arifovic also greatly contributed to the computational economics community as organizer of special issues and workshops, as regular attendant and speaker at the SCE's annual conference on Computing in Economics and Finance and as elected president of the SCE from 2016-2018. Her scientific brilliance in combination with her amiable and charismatic personality made her a unique inspirational figure in the field and a mentor for many young researchers in the area of computational economics. She will be sorely missed.

Personal tribute messages for Jasmina Arifovic can be made at a memorial page of Simon Fraser University: SFU.

Graduate Student Contest

The David Kendrick Prize

    This award is given on an irregular basis to those individuals who have who stood out for their contributions to the field.

    The David A. Kendrick Distinguished Service Award in 2021 is awarded to Bill Goffe for his invaluable contributions to the field of Computational Economics and in particular to the Society for Compuational Economics. Bill is Teaching Professor of Economics at Penn State University and has published in leading journals, on the development of computational methods and the use of such methods for teaching economics. He has acted for more than twenty years as Secretary-Treasurer of the SCE and during this period has shaped the society and been a crucial driver of many of the society's activities. Bill has also started the Resources for Economists (RFE) webpage, an efficient pre-Google tool to find colleagues working on similar subjects as well as data, open source code and lots of other very useful material for economists.

    Previous Winners

Tools For Computational Economists

    There are many sites of use on the Internet for those interested in computational economics. These include links to program libraries and software.

Details About The Society

    The society was founded in 1995 and is a 501(c)3 organization. Our major activity is our annual conference; it typically draws 300-400 participants. The president of the Society is Herbert Dawid and the past presidents are Thomas Lubik, Jasmina Arifovic, Cars Hommes, Michel Juillard, Robert J. Tetlow, Carl Chiarella, Manfred Gilli, Stephen Turnovsky, Berç Rustem, Hans Amman, Ken Judd, and David Kendrick. Those interested in membership in the Society should contact Arunima Sinha, the Secretary-Treasurer. The Advisory Council consists of the officers, the editors of the journals, and some elected and appointed members. The By-Laws formally describe the Society and conference organizers should read the guidelines for our conferences. Finally, we offer some job listings in computational economics.

Membership Benefits and Costs

    Members of the Society for Computational Economics are eligible for reduced rate subscriptions to Macroeconomic Dynamics. Members are also automatically added to the "scelist" electronic mailing list (non-members are welcomed to the list too). There is also a web page where one can sign up.

    Dues are $10 a year. You can pay by check or by PayPal:

    If you have questions, please contact Arunima Sinha, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society.