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“A profit table or a profit calculator?” A note on the design of Cournot oligopoly experiments

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  • Till Requate & Israel Waichman, 2011. "“A profit table or a profit calculator?” A note on the design of Cournot oligopoly experiments," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 14(1), pages 36-46, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:14:y:2011:i:1:p:36-46
    DOI: 10.1007/s10683-010-9256-2
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    Keywords

    Cournot oligopoly; Laboratory experiment; Profit table; Profit calculator; Best-response calculator; L13; C72; C92; D21;
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    JEL classification:

    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory

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