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Some Preliminary Experiments with the Financial "Toy-Room"

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  • F. Chiaromonte
  • M. Berte

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We describe some preliminary experiments realized with Financial "Toy-Room" (a micro-founded simulation environment for decentralized trade in a homogeneous financial asset). The experiments are aimed at testing the system, and exploring its flexibility in depicting specific contexts as sub-cases. For this purpose, we selected an issue that has been widely investigated in the literature: the existence and characterization of markets in which prices are (or are believed to be) "quality signals" passing information from informed to uninformed traders. In our out-of-equilibrium simulation analysis, we take agents to trade based on a \f2spread rule\f1, and introduce \f2dis-synchronization\f1 in agents' updating processes. Thus, we investigate how dis-synchronization, updating paces and spreads affect persistence of trade and the time-path of prices in extreme regimes (i.e. when all agents are informed, or all agents are uninformed).

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  • F. Chiaromonte & M. Berte, 1998. "Some Preliminary Experiments with the Financial "Toy-Room"," Working Papers ir98091, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
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    2. M. Valente, 1997. "Laboratory for Simulation Development User Manual," Working Papers ir97020, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
    3. Grossman, Sanford J & Stiglitz, Joseph E, 1976. "Information and Competitive Price Systems," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 66(2), pages 246-253, May.
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    1. F. Chiaromonte & G. Dosi, 1998. "Modeling a Decentralized Asset Market: An Introduction the Financial "Toy Room"," Working Papers ir98115, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
    2. Francesca Chiaromonte & Giovanni Dosi, 1999. "Modeling a Decentralized Asset Market: An Introduction to the Financial "Toy-Room"," LEM Papers Series 1999/02, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.

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