An analysis of the cobweb model with boundedly rational heterogeneous producers

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Elsevier BV
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2006, 61 (4), pp. 750 - 768
Issue Date:
2006-01
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This paper considers the traditional cobweb model with heterogenous risk averse producers whose supply functions involve their estimates of the conditional mean and variance of the future price. The producers seek to learn these quantities by applying geometric decay processes (GDP) to past prices. The heterogeneity manifests itself in the lag lengths and memory parameters applied to past prices as well as in risk aversion coefficients. We find that each dimension of heterogeneity changes/enriches the cobweb dynamics with respect to the case of homogeneous producers.
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