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Imitation and belief learning in an oligopoly experiment

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  • Offerman, T.J.S.

    (Tilburg University)

  • Potters, J.J.M.

    (Tilburg University)

  • Sonnemans, J.

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We examine the force of three types of behavioral dynamics in quantity-setting triopoly experiments:mimicking the successful firm,following the exemplary firm, andbelief learning.Theoretically, these three rules of dynamic conduct lead to the competitive, the collusive, and the Cournot-Nash outcome, respectively. In the experiment we employ three information treatments. Each of these treatments is hypothesized to be conducive to the force of one of the three dynamic rules. To a large extent, the results are consistent with the hypothesized relationships between treatments, dynamic rules, and outcomes.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University in its series Open Access publications from Tilburg University with number urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-91663.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economic Studies (2002) v.69, p.973-997
Handle: RePEc:ner:tilbur:urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-91663

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