Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems

Economic Evolution and Structural Adjustment

Proceedings of Invited Sessions on Economic Evolution and Structural Change Held at the 5th International Conference on Mathematical Modelling at the University of California, Berkeley, California, USA July 29–31, 1985

Editors: Batten, David, Casti, John L, Johansson, Börje (Eds.)

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Since the beginning of the fifties, the ruling paradigm in the discipline of economics has been that of a competitive general equilibrium. Associated dynamic analyses have therefore been preoccupied with the stability of this equilibrium state, corresponding simply to studies of comparative statics. The need to permeate the boundaries of this paradigm in order to open up new pathways for genuine dynamic analysis is now pressing. The contributions contained in this volume spring from this very ambition. A growing circle of economists have recently been inspired by two distinct but complementary sources: (i) the pathbreaking work of Joseph Schumpeter, and (ii) recent contributions to physics, chemistry and theoretical biology. It turns out that problems which are firmly rooted in the economic discipline, such as innovation, technological change, business cycles and economic development, contain many clear parallels with phenomena from the natural sciences such as the slaving principle, adiabatic elimination and self-organization. In such dynamic worlds, adjustment processes and adaptive behaviour are modelled with the aid of the mathematical theory of nonlinear dynamical systems. The dynamics is defined for a much wider set of conditions or states than simply a set of competitive equilibria. A common objective is to study and classify ways in which the qualitative properties of each system change as the parameters describing the system vary.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Economic Dynamics, Evolution and Structural Adjustment

    Johansson, B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Creativity and Economic Dynamics Modelling

    Andersson, Å. E.

    Pages 27-45

  • The General Theory of Disequilibrium Economics and of Economic Evolution

    Day, R. H.

    Pages 46-63

  • The Balanced Path of Economic Development: A Fable for Growth Merchants

    Batten, D. F.

    Pages 64-85

  • Competitive Growth of Firms in an Industry

    Akin, E.

    Pages 86-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Economic Evolution and Structural Adjustment
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of Invited Sessions on Economic Evolution and Structural Change Held at the 5th International Conference on Mathematical Modelling at the University of California, Berkeley, California, USA July 29–31, 1985
Editors
  • David Batten
  • John L Casti
  • Börje Johansson
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems
Series Volume
293
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-02522-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-02522-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-18183-5
Series ISSN
0075-8442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 387
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations
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