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A Trade Network Game with Endogenous Partner Selection

  • Tesfatsion, Leigh

This paper develops an evolutionary trade network game (TNG) that combines evolutionary game play with endogenous partner selection. Successive generations of resource-constrained buyers and sellers choose and refuse trade partners on the basis of continually updated expected payoffs. Trade partner selection takes place in accordance with a modified Gale-Shapley matching mechanism, and trades are implemented using trade strategies evolved via a standardly specified genetic algorithm. The trade partnerships resulting from the matching mechanism are shown to be core stable and Pareto optimal in each successive trade cycle. Nevertheless, computer experiments suggest that these static optimality properties may be inadequate measures of optimality from an evolutionary perspective. Related work can be accessed at: http://www.econ.iastate.edu/tesfatsi/tnghome.htm

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 1680.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1997
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1680
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  1. McFadzean, David & Tesfatsion, Leigh, 1999. "A C++ Platform for the Evolution of Trade Networks," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 14(1-2), pages 109-34, October.
  2. Stanley, E.A. & Ashlock, Daniel & Tesfatsion, Leigh, 1994. "Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma with Choice and Refusal of Partners," Staff General Research Papers 11180, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
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  9. Mailath, G.J. & Samuelson, L. & Shaked, A., 1994. "Evolution and Endogenous Interations," Working papers 9426, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
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