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An Evolutionary Model of Bertrand Oligopoly

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  • Alos-Ferrer, Carlos
  • Ania, Ana B.
  • Schenk-Hoppe, Klaus Reiner

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We analyze the long-run outcome of markets in which boundedly rational firms with a decreasingreturns to scale technology compete in prices. The behavior of these firms is based on limitation ofsuccess and experimentation. In this framework, we introduce a new approach to model boundedlyrational behavior, based on the idea of behavioral principles, i.e. formal descriptions. Even with thesimplest ones, the result is that the prices announced are a strict refinement of the set of Nashequilibria. With more sophisticated behavioral principles, the long-run outcome corresponds to theconcept of central prices (wich are also Nash equilibria) introduced here. This is a robust andclear-cut prediction wich, under quadratic costs and arbitrary demand, essentially coincides with theWalrasian equilibrium.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 33 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 1-19

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:33:y:2000:i:1:p:1-19

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