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Using co-evolutionary programming to simulate strategic behaviour in markets

  • Tony Curzon Price


    (Energy Policy Group, Imperial College, 48 Princes Gardens, London SW7 2PE, UK)

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    This paper describes the use of a genetic algorithm (GA) to model several standard industrial organisation games: Bertrand and Cournot competition, a vertical chain of monopolies, and a simple model of an electricity pool. The intention is to demonstrate that the GA performs well as a modelling tool in these standard settings, and that evolutionary programming therefore has a potential role in applied work requiring detailed market simulation. The advantages of using a GA over scenario analysis for applied market simulation are outlined. Also explored are the way in which the equilibria discovered by the GA can be interpreted, and what the market analogue for the GA process might be.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

    Volume (Year): 7 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 219-254

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:7:y:1997:i:3:p:219-254
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