Technological Standardization with and without Borders in an Interacting Agents Model

Cowan, Robin and Cowan, William (1998). Technological Standardization with and without Borders in an Interacting Agents Model. UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Cowan, Robin
    Cowan, William
    Title Technological Standardization with and without Borders in an Interacting Agents Model
    Series Title UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda
    Volume/Issue No. 18
    Publication Date 1998
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper models an economy in which a large number of agents are choosing among several technologies. There is a single, global, market for the technologies but they are subject to localized network externalities in use. We examine the issue of technological standardization, and the coordination of choices among the agents. We generate equilibirum conditions under two spatial conditions - agents located in a featureless plain, and agents located in pre-existing regions with strong borders. We find the conditions under which standardization exists - globally, only locally, or not at all - and derive the effects of different parameters. The presence of a phase change is demonstrated. An appendix provides a derivation o f the equilibrium condition used in many interacting agents models.
    Copyright Year 1998
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