The Economics Pack
Mathematica programs for economics
and practical decision support
Update 2014 available for Mathematica 9.0.1 and 9.0.0 and 8.0.1 and
higher as far as Mathematica is upward compatible.
Available for Windows 7 and it may work in Unix and Apple Macintosh.
You can freely
the Pack, install it on your computer and investigate it.
To actually run the software, you can order
||Thomas Cool (1999, 2001), "The Economics Pack. User Guide", ISBN 90-804774-1-9,
ca 555 pp. (updated edition). JEL reference number is JEL 1999-0820.
(Journal of Economic Literature, volume 37, no. 3, September
The Pack provides a working environment that many will enjoy to have
It integrates more than 100 Mathematica packages and more than
The Pack contains online help, a search index, 'click and paste' palettes,
and additional exemplary notebooks.
The Pack has proven its use many times over. The software was written
and adapted in the course of ongoing research, teaching and practical decision
support since 1993. The Pack now has users in many countries in the world.
The User Guide is no longer in print but available both in the Help
function where it can be executed and in PDF
here. The User Guide was written in 1999 for Mathematica 4.0. There
have been minor changes and the User Guide still is a 99% relevant reference.
Those minor changes have been made in the packages and the Help function.
Sadly though it is too much of a hassle to keep updating the printed version.
- 2014: Updated to M9.0.1 (PlotJoined) and
- 2013: Updated to M9.
2011: Updated to M8. Included new "Conquest
of the Plane" (COTP). 2nd edition ALOE,
3rd edition VTFD.
2009-2010: Made fit for M7. Inclusion of multiple seats elections.
2008: Extended with some notebooks and packages on risk in multiplicative
processes that result into a lognormal distribution.
2007: Extended with "A logic of exceptions"
(ALOE) and the 2nd edition of "Voting
theory for democracy" (VTFD), and work in progress on causality.
2005 for the version for Mathematica 5.0: (a) Adaptation to changes
in FindRoot, FindMinimum, Combinatorica package etcetera. (b) Inclusion
of notebooks and packages on the life sciences (life table, lexis plot,
survival analysis, disease test tables, epidemiology, meta analysis, cost-effectiveness
analysis, the value of life). (c) Support for the 2005 edition of DRGTPE.
2001: Extended with "Voting theory
for democracy" (VTFD).
1993-2003: Some update
notes, at EconWPA.
Some user reactions.
Ron Shone (2000), Review
of the 2000 version of the Pack, also by Ron Shone, requested by the
EJ but not published since the EJ stopped doing software reviews. PM. See
also his fine review:
Shone, "Mathematica v4.0 for Windows 95 / 98 / NT", The Economic
Journal February 2000, page F171-186.
Ron Shone (1998), Review of the 1998 version of
, in The Economic
Journal published July 1 1998, v 108 n 449, page 1229-1234.
See my own research that was made possible by the Pack:
A. Single user licence (buying)
See ordering details.
B. Site licences (software rental)
See ordering details.
C. Bonus licences
Schools who take a site licence for two years, get a personal Professional
licence for free for a designated teacher.
If you are an established textbook writer and you want to investigate the
possibilities of Mathematica and the Pack for your book and its
use in class, you may be eligible for a free personal Standard licence.
D. Rules on free updates
Deliveries will be made only after payment has arrived.
A version of the Economics Pack will generally still work in a higher version
of Mathematica, unless there are serious changes in Mathematica
itself that require an adaptation of the Pack.
Users of the version for M2 up to M7 have always updated freely.
It depends upon the seriousness of the changes in Mathematica in
the future what the policy will be.
installation you need to be able
to unpack zip formats (which can be handled by e.g. Winzip).
Note that your personal data, on acquiring the Pack, will be used only
to contact you on the Pack (Privacy Statement).
Please note that the price is set low to increase volume
potential. The low price does not mean that it has low quality. (See Shapiro
& Varian, "Information
Rules", Harvard Business Press 1998 for network economics.)
The Economics Pack requires a licence.
Use of this software without licence for other purposes than strictly testing,
is illegal under Dutch and international law.
If you use these files, please notefy the address below. Your comments
This page takes precedence over any MathSource submission of earlier
It is understood that software is complicated, and that the author is not
liable for possible damages.
See Wolfram Research or CANdiensten
for information on Mathematica.
The Economics Pack is (c) Thomas Cool
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