Oligopoly

Old Ends - New Means
 Previously published in hardcover
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ISBN-13:
9783642423550
Einband:
Previously published in hardcover
Erscheinungsdatum:
14.10.2014
Seiten:
184
Autor:
Tönu Puu
Gewicht:
287 g
Format:
235x155x10 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Focusing on classical oligopoly theory from 1840-1940, this volume uses topology and numerics to reconsider work by early oligopoly researchers in the light of modern dynamics. It resuscitates some of the field's original ideas after decades of oblivion.
There exists no other book reconsidering oligopoly theory in its heyday in view of the new dynamics including exotic phenomena such as chaos
Introduction.- Cournot Oligopoly.- Duopoly and Complex Dynamics.- Stackelberg Leadership.- Capacity Limits.- Multistability.- The Hotelling Paradox.
The book focuses classical oligopoly theory as developed in 1840-1940. By the end of this period oligopoly came under the spell of game theory in its probabilistic equilibrium format. Work by Cournot, von Stackelberg, Palander, and Hotelling, causal and dynamic in essence, but ignored, is reconsidered in the light of modern dynamics using topology and numerics. As particular features, von Stackelberg leadership is included in the dynamic Cournot model, the Hotelling problem is solved with elastic demand, thus skipping the absurd idea of quadratic transportation costs. Further, it is shown that the celebrated destabilisation of Cournot equilibrium under increased competition is due to mistakenly assuming constant returns, and that the whole idea of rational expectations is untenable in dynamic oligopoly. Early original ideas in oligopoly theory, such as coexistence and multiplicity of attractors are focused again after many undeserved decades of oblivion.