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The Hayek hypothesis and long run competitive equilibrium : an experimental investigation.

Shachat, J. and Zhang, Z. (2017) 'The Hayek hypothesis and long run competitive equilibrium : an experimental investigation.', Economic journal., 127 (599). pp. 199-228.


We report on an experiment investigating whether the Hayek Hypothesis (Smith, 1982) extends to the long run setting. We consider two environments; one with a production technology having a U-shaped long run average cost curve and a single competitive equilibrium, and another with a constant long run average cost curve. We present alternative efficient production plans as a menu of fixed and marginal cost pairs. In both environments, we observe convergence to long run competitive equilibrium prices and quantities typically within six long run decision horizons.

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Keywords:Experiment, Double auction, Hayek hypothesis, Long run competitive equilibrium, Bounded rationality.
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