On the natural selection of market choice

Aviv Bergman, Moshe Tennenholtz

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An evolutionary approach to the problem of economic mechanism choice is presented. It demonstrates the power that a single participant has on the choice of a preferred market mechanism. A population of sellers, each with one of two possible economic mechanisms, facing potential buyers, is presented as a test model. It is shown that if two auctions, such as first- and second-price auctions, are to attract an identical number of buyers, although under the model assumptions their expected revenues are identical, sellers using a first-price auction mechanism will be selected for. However, if a second-price auction attracts one additional buyer, then it will be selected for by the evolutionary process. These results are extended to the choice between an arbitrary k- and l-price auctions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-395
Number of pages9
JournalAutonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Evolutionary dynamics
  • Market choice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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