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

After nearly two decades of debate and fundamental disagreement, top-down and bottom-up energy-economy modelers, sometimes referred to as modeling ÔtribesÕ, 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 20Ð21, 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: Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q54: Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming, Q42: Alternative Energy Sources, Q58: Environmental Economics: Government Policy, D58: Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models

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 bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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