Dignum F, Dignum V, Davidsson P, Ghorbani A, van der Hurk M, Jensen M, Kammler C, Lorig F, Ludescher LG, Melchior A, Mellema R, Pastrav C, Vanhee L, Verhagen H
Minds Mach (Dordr) - (-) 1-18 [2020-06-15; online 2020-06-15]
During the COVID-19 crisis there have been many difficult decisions governments and other decision makers had to make. E.g. do we go for a total lock down or keep schools open? How many people and which people should be tested? Although there are many good models from e.g. epidemiologists on the spread of the virus under certain conditions, these models do not directly translate into the interventions that can be taken by government. Neither can these models contribute to understand the economic and/or social consequences of the interventions. However, effective and sustainable solutions need to take into account this combination of factors. In this paper, we propose an agent-based social simulation tool, ASSOCC, that supports decision makers understand possible consequences of policy interventions, but exploring the combined social, health and economic consequences of these interventions.