Evolutionary Concepts in Economics
AbstractEndogenous change in the economy is caused by innovative activities of the economic agents. The paper discusses how hypotheses on innovative activities which account for the epistemological problems implied by novelty can be developed. Considerations relating to these problems suggest population thinking, a typical attitude of theories dealing with evolution. Two generic features resulting from such a perspective, frequency-dependency and selection effect, are explored together with their common ground in the notion of replicator dynamics. The paper concludes with a reappraisal of classical notions of competition, the coordinating power of markets and long-run tendencies in the economy.
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Volume (Year): 18 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
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Epistemological; Evolution; Evolutionary;
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