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Competition and the Evolution of Market Structure in the E-conomy : A Simulation Analysis


  • Friedrich, B. Cornelia


In this paper an evolutionary simulation model, based on replicator dynamics, is developed. The purpose is to identify changes in the patterns of evolution of the market structure caused by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the E-conomy in comparison to the Old Economy (without ICT). The relationship between the two economy concepts can be summed up from an industrial organization point of view with the help of stylized facts about the evolution of the market structure as phases in an industrial life cycle. The simulation results show that economic development progresses from the E-conomy to the (next) Old Economy.

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  • Friedrich, B. Cornelia, 2004. "Competition and the Evolution of Market Structure in the E-conomy : A Simulation Analysis," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 02/04, Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:tuddps:0204

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    1. Blum, Ulrich & Gleißner, Werner & Leibbrand, Frank, 2005. "Stochastische Unternehmensmodelle als Kern innovativer Ratingsysteme," IWH Discussion Papers 6/2005, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).

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    Industrial life cycle; ICT; Evolution of market structure; Replicator dynamics; Simulation analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection


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