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What drives markups? Evolutionary pricing in an agent-based stock-flow consistent macroeconomic model

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  • Pascal Seppecher

    () (Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord (CEPN))

  • Isabelle Salle

    () (Utrecht University, School of Economics)

  • Marc Lavoie

    () (Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord (CEPN))

Abstract

This paper studies coordination between firms in a multi-sectoral macroeconomic model with endogenous business cycles. Firms are both in competition and interdependent, and set their prices with a markup over unit costs. Markups are heterogeneous and evolve under market pressure. We observe a systematic coordination within firms in each sector, and between each sector. The resulting pattern of relative prices are consistent with the labor theory of value. Those emerging features are robust to technology shocks.

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  • Pascal Seppecher & Isabelle Salle & Marc Lavoie, 2017. "What drives markups? Evolutionary pricing in an agent-based stock-flow consistent macroeconomic model," CEPN Working Papers 2017-03, Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord.
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    1. Isabelle Salle & Pascal Seppecher, 2017. "Stabilizing an Unstable Complex Economy-On the limitations of simple rules," CEPN Working Papers 2017-07, Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord.
    2. Isabelle Salle & Pascal Seppecher, 2017. "Stabilizing an Unstable Complex Economy," CEPN Working Papers hal-01527740, HAL.

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    Keywords

    General interdependence; Pricing; Agent-based modeling; Learning;

    JEL classification:

    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • D46 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Value Theory
    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure

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