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The impact of cost uncertainty on Cournot oligopoly games

S.S. Askar and M.F. Elettreby

Applied Mathematics and Computation, 2017, vol. 312, issue C, 169-176

Abstract: In this paper, Cournot oligopoly model is examined with an uncertain quadratic cost function. A random quadratic cost function is introduced in this model. The model consists of three competed firms on which each firm in the model wants to maximize its expected profit and also wants to minimize its uncertainty by minimizing the cost. To handle this multi-objective optimization problem, the expectation and worst-case approaches are adopted used to study uncertainty. The existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium are obtained. The asymptotic behavior of the equilibrium point is also investigated. Complete stability and bifurcation analysis are provided. The obtained theoretical results are verified by numerical simulation.

Keywords: Cournot model; Bounded rationality; Uncertainty; Risk; Bifurcation; Chaos (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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