Abstract for: Models focused on policies: the search for feedback

A solution to a problem can become the seed of a causal structure by means of which the impact of the solution on the problem can be studied. These structures might have certain advantages with regard to traditional one. In particular, they might be easily constructed as they are target to interconnect problem and solution. This aspect is especially important in a socio-economic context characterized by high complexity. Considering a government deficit problem, this paper constructs causal structures promoted for three policies, tax raise, infrastructure investment reduction and subsidies elimination. After documenting the structures, a meta-structure is formed by combining the structures associated to each policy. The new structure always describes the problem and allows us to examine the impact of all policies on it.