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Hybrid Modeling: New Answers to Old Challenges Introduction to the Special Issue of The Energy Journal

Abstract:
After nearly two decades of debate and fundamental disagreement, top-down and bottom-up energy-economy modelers, sometimes referred to as modeling �tribes�, began to engage in productive dialogue in the mid-1990s (IPCC 2001). From this methodological conversation have emerged modeling approaches that offer a hybrid of the two perspectives. Yet, while individual publications over the past decade have described efforts at hybrid modeling, there has not as yet been a systematic assessment of their prospects and challenges. To this end, several research teams that explore hybrid modeling held a workshop in Paris on April 20�21, 2005 to share and compare the strategies and techniques that each has applied to the development of hybrid modeling. This special issue provides the results of the workshop and of follow-up efforts between different researchers to exchange ideas.

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Energy Specializations: Energy and the Environment – Policy and Regulation

JEL Codes:
E60 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook: General

Keywords: Hybrid modeling, Bottom up, Top down, Energy economy models, Energy policy

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-VolSI2006-NoSI2-1


Published in Hybrid Modeling, Special Issue #2 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.