Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics

A Theoretical and Statistical Approach to Agricultural Markets

  • Bärbel Finkenstädt

Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 426)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Bärbel Finkenstädt
    Pages 1-32
  3. Bärbel Finkenstädt
    Pages 33-63
  4. Bärbel Finkenstädt
    Pages 148-156
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-158

About this book


1. 1 Introduction In economics, one often observes time series that exhibit different patterns of qualitative behavior, both regular and irregular, symmetric and asymmetric. There exist two different perspectives to explain this kind of behavior within the framework of a dynamical model. The traditional belief is that the time evolution of the series can be explained by a linear dynamic model that is exogenously disturbed by a stochastic process. In that case, the observed irregular behavior is explained by the influence of external random shocks which do not necessarily have an economic reason. A more recent theory has evolved in economics that attributes the patterns of change in economic time series to an underlying nonlinear structure, which means that fluctua­ tions can as well be caused endogenously by the influence of market forces, preference relations, or technological progress. One of the main reasons why nonlinear dynamic models are so interesting to economists is that they are able to produce a great variety of possible dynamic outcomes - from regular predictable behavior to the most complex irregular behavior - rich enough to meet the economists' objectives of modeling. The traditional linear models can only capture a limited number of possi­ ble dynamic phenomena, which are basically convergence to an equilibrium point, steady oscillations, and unbounded divergence. In any case, for a lin­ ear system one can write down exactly the solutions to a set of differential or difference equations and classify them.


Fitting Nichtlineare Abhängigkeit Nonlinear Dynamics STATISTICA Time series Zeitreihen correlation parameterfreie Statistik

Authors and affiliations

  • Bärbel Finkenstädt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Statistics and EconometricsFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-59374-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-46821-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8442
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