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Market dynamics and agents behaviors: a computational approach


  • Derveeuw, Julien


We explore market dynamics generated by the Santa-Fe Artificial Stock Market model. It allows to study how agents adapt themselves to a market dynamic without knowing its generation process. It was shown by Arthur and LeBaron, with the help of computer experiments, that agents in bounded rationality can make a rational global behavior emerge in this context. In the original model, agents do not ground their decision on an economic logic. Hence, we modify indicators used by agents to watch the market to give them more economic rationality. This leads us to divide agents in two groups: fundamentalists agents, who watch the market with classic economic indicators and speculator agents, who watch the market with technical indicators. This split allows us to study the influence of individual agents behaviors on global price dynamics. In this article, we show with the help of computational simulations that these two types of agents can generate classical market dynamics as well as perturbed ones (bubbles and kraches).

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  • Derveeuw, Julien, 2005. "Market dynamics and agents behaviors: a computational approach," MPRA Paper 4916, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4916

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    multi-agent; finance; financial market; simulation; bubbles; kraches;

    JEL classification:

    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets


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