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Buying Versus Hiring-An Indirect Evolutionary Approach

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  • Siegfried K. Berninghaus
  • Werner Güth

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On a symmetric homogeneous oligopoly market with stochastic demand, firms can either hire employees or buy their labor input on a competitive labor market. Whereas the wage of hired labor does not depend on the realization of stochastic demand, the price of 'bought' labor reacts positively to product demand. We derive the equilibrium price vector to define an evolutionary process, assuming that the number of hiring firms increases when they earn more than buying firms. We then derive and discuss the stationary distribution of this stochastic adaptation process. Copyright © 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Siegfried K. Berninghaus & Werner Güth, 2009. "Buying Versus Hiring-An Indirect Evolutionary Approach," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(4), pages 619-637, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:metroe:v:60:y:2009:i:4:p:619-637
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    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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