The Forest and the Trees: The Choice of Theoretical Lens in Agent-Based Model Rule Formulation
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Rather than choose a single theoretical lens, we compare three ABMs with rulesets derived from different theoretical foundations. We examine the sensitivity of modeling outcomes and policy implications to these choices of theoretical lens, and uncover areas of overlap – where the substance of a policy recommendation derived from the model is similar across lenses, as well as blind spots – high-value intervention targets that appear through one lens but not through another. Understanding solar PV adoption as an emergent, evolving phenomenon allows policy-makers to anticipate future needs and impacts related to the energy transition; accounting for the choice of theoretical lens that leads to that understanding facilitates the design and implementation of robust policies in support of that future.
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