Netlogo screen showing the steady state for a run of the Schelling segregation model.

Intersecting Economic Theories and Computer Modeling to Illuminate Today’s Social Challenges

This website contains the pre-dissertation work by Ralph Hughes, MA.  It represents my return to an interest that dominated my early years: the application of political economy to issues of social justice.

While earning my masters degree in economics at Stanford University during the early 1980s, I invested considerable time in building computer models of theories suggested by writers such as diverse as Smith, Galbraith, Friedman, and Marx. A major recession diverted me from economics into the realm of information technology and data management, where I spent the next thirty years consulting in the field of agile data warehousing. Though intent upon becoming a thought leader in the field of data management, I continued to read and ponder crucial economics issues such as imperfect markets, national industrial policies, and income distribution.

Now, after accomplishing much in the computer profession (search for my books on, I am ready to return to my earlier interest, hoping to assemble all that I have studied and discovered over the past three decades into some reasonably argued policy suggestions for our society.  Certainly, many interesting new economic concepts with historical support have been published over the intervening years, not to mention the great strides made by software for computer modeling and social data analysis.

With this website, I will list the books and news articles I am studying along with illustrations of how the notions they contain appear when adapted to run to their logical conclusions within a computer simulation.  I look forward to the comments and suggestions of other folks with similar backgrounds and interests.

Photo caption: Screenshot of a Netlogo computer simulation showing the steady state for a run of the Schelling segregation model.