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Ideal Gas-Like Distributions in Economics: Effects of Saving Propensity


  • Bikas K. Chakrabarti
  • Arnab Chatterjee


We consider the ideal-gas models of trading markets, where each agent is identified with a gas molecule and each trading as an elastic or money-conserving (two-body) collision. Unlike in the ideal gas, we introduce saving propensity $\lambda$ of agents, such that each agent saves a fraction $\lambda$ of its money and trades with the rest. We show the steady-state money or wealth distribution in a market is Gibbs-like for $\lambda=0$, has got a non-vanishing most-probable value for $\lambda \ne 0$ and Pareto-like when $\lambda$ is widely distributed among the agents. We compare these results with observations on wealth distributions of various countries.

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  • Bikas K. Chakrabarti & Arnab Chatterjee, 2003. "Ideal Gas-Like Distributions in Economics: Effects of Saving Propensity," Papers cond-mat/0302147,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:cond-mat/0302147

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