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Numerical simulations of competition in quantities


  • Gorry, Devon
  • Gilbert, John


We present a series of numerical simulation models built in Excel that can be used to explore the properties of various models of strategic competition in quantities and their economic implications. The resources incorporate both tabular and graphical data presentation formats and are built in such a way that they provide instant or ‘live’ feedback on the consequences of changes in the economic system. We discuss the theory behind the models, how they can be implemented as numerical simulations in Excel, and ways in which the simulations can be used to enhance student understanding of the material.

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  • Gorry, Devon & Gilbert, John, 2015. "Numerical simulations of competition in quantities," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 18(C), pages 49-61.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ireced:v:18:y:2015:i:c:p:49-61
    DOI: 10.1016/j.iree.2015.01.003

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    1. John Gilbert & Reza Oladi, 2011. "Excel Models for International Trade Theory and Policy: An Online Resource," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(1), pages 95-95, January.
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    1. Pezzino, Mario, 2016. "Understanding strategic competition using numerical simulations and dynamic diagrams in Mathematica," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 34-47.

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    Excel; Numerical model; Competition in quantities;

    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection


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