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Market Institutions and Price Discovery
Collected Papers on the Experimental Foundations of Economics and Political Science. v. 2. Economists of the Twentieth Century Series
This outstanding collection spanning three decades comprises a superb selection of Charles R. Plott's work in experimental economics. Market Institutions and Price Discovery contains papers which define problems, create laboratory methodology and produce the first results in many areas of experimental economics. Primarily, the volume attempts to explain what is learned from applications of experimental methods, using examples taken from the first stages of the early experimental literature. It goes on to include the first applications of newly developed laboratory methods to matters of national policy, and progresses to examine institutions such as the posted price and to other more complex institutions including opportunities for conspiracy. The focus then shifts to explore the process through which markets find a price, and then discusses the double auction which has enabled experiments to be used to study more complex environments than the single market experiments that existed formerly. The principles of stability are then used in an attempt to learn more about the dynamics of how markets adjust.
This pathbreaking volume will be of enormous interest to academics, scholars and researchers involved in experimental economics, the methodology of economics, political theory, and political economy.
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'Charles R. Plott has a formidable armoury of experience backed up with an inquiring and rigorous intellect: an economist interested in getting clear answers to important questions. Before effectively becoming a full-time experimental economist, he enjoyed a fine reputation as a theorist in the area between political science and economics. By 1986 Plott had acquired a reputation as an insightful experimentalist - inspired and encouraged by Vernon Smith with whom he worked for a period before establishing his own experimental laboratory. Plott's contributions to the field of experimental economics are impressive. From 1981, since the Social Science Citation Index records begin, he has a total of 44 publications listed in this and related fields, many with co-authors who themselves are now established experimentalists. He has clearly stimulated a whole generation of economists into doing high quality experimental research. Many of these 44 papers are classics of their kind. The skill, energy and efficiency with which he operates is impressive.' -- John Hey, University of York, UK and University of Bari, Italy