Application & Financial Support Due date: February 27th, 2006


Design of Instruction

Previous EITM Institutes


Participant Bios

Guest Faculty Bios

Curriculum and Lead Faculty

I. Institutions and Institutional Analysis

II. Empirical Evaluation of Causality

III. Complexity: Diversity, Networks, Adaptation, and Emergence

IV. Additional Guest Lecturers and Student Presentations


Podcasting EITM 2006

Participant/Faculty Page

Contact: eitm@umich.edu

Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models
(19 June - 14 July, 2006)

Complexity: Diversity, Networks, Adaptation, and Emergence

3 July, 5 July-8 July, 2006


Scott Page (Univeristy of Michigan)

Guests: Jenna Bednar (University of Michigan), James Fowler (University of California, Davis) and Ken Kollman (University of Michigan)


We will begin by describing complexity loosely and then formally. We will discuss its relation to equilibrium analysis. We will also provide a practical, quick, effective hands-on introduction to using computational methods. Then, with the help of a series of guests, we will explore how complexity and agent-based approaches are expanding research possibility-frontiers in four topical areas: connectedness & networks analysis (e.g., in judicial politics), adaptation & learning (e.g., in party formation and competition), externalities & complexity (e.g., in public-policymaking), and diversity & heterogeneity (e.g., in cultural and in ethnic-conflict studies).

Syllabus (pdf)