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Wettbewerb als Entdeckungsverfahren


  • Dieter Schmidtchen


  • Roland Kirstein

    (University of Saarland)


The theory of competition as a discovery procedure argues that the results of this procedure cannot be predicted because of its very nature as a discovery procedure. If this were true, this would imply the impossibility of testing whether competition actually works as predicted. This article rejects this view. We argue that outcomes of the discovery procedure can be predicted if a pattern rather than its specific realization is the subject of the prediction. We de-scribe a double oral auction as a classroom experiment. and show that competition is likely to discover the market equilibrium as well as the wealth maximizing number of transactions.

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  • Dieter Schmidtchen & Roland Kirstein, "undated". "Wettbewerb als Entdeckungsverfahren," German Working Papers in Law and Economics 2001-default/2001/1-1016, Berkeley Electronic Press.
  • Handle: RePEc:bep:dewple:2001-default/2001/1-1016 Note: oai:bepress:

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    1. Smith,Vernon L., 2005. "Bargaining and Market Behavior," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521021487, March.
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    1. Schmidtchen, Dieter, 2006. "Wettbewerbsfreiheit, Per se Verbote und die Rule of Reason: Anmerkungen zum institutionenökonomisch-evolutionären Wettbewerbsleitbild," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2006-04, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
    2. Schmidtchen, Dieter, 2004. "Recht, Eigentum und Effizienz: Zu F. A. v. Hayeks Verfassung der Freiheit," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2004-07, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
    3. Schmidtchen Dieter, 2008. "Wettbewerbsfreiheit oder Effizienz? / Freedom for competition or efficiency?: Zur Zweisamkeit von Recht und Ökonomie im Bereich der Wettbewerbspolitik," ORDO. Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, De Gruyter, vol. 59(1), pages 143-184, January.
    4. Dieter Schmidtchen, "undated". "Wettbewerbsfreiheit, Per se Verbote und die Rule of Reason – Anmerkungen zum institutionenökonomisch-evolutionären Wettbewerbsleitbild
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      ," German Working Papers in Law and Economics 2006-1-1159, Berkeley Electronic Press.
    5. Schmidtchen Dieter, 2006. "Wettbewerbsschutz durch regelgeleitete Wettbewerbspolitik – Anmerkungen zum institutionenökonomisch-evolutionären Wettbewerbsleitbild / Protecting competition by a rule governed policy – Remarks on th," ORDO. Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, De Gruyter, vol. 57(1), pages 165-189, January.
    6. Heblich, Stephan, 2007. "Eigenverantwortliche Individuen und Pro-Aktive Unternehmen," Passauer Diskussionspapiere, Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe V-48-07, University of Passau, Faculty of Business and Economics.

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    market institution; information structure; efficiency ;

    JEL classification:

    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments


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