Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society

Volume 2016, Article ID 7418252, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7418252

## Chaos Control on a Duopoly Game with Homogeneous Strategy

Department of Finance, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China

Received 19 April 2016; Accepted 14 June 2016

Academic Editor: Christos K. Volos

Copyright © 2016 Manying Bai and Yazhou Gao. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

We study the dynamics of a nonlinear discrete-time duopoly game, where the players have homogenous knowledge on the market demand and decide their outputs based on adaptive expectation. The Nash equilibrium and its local stability are investigated. The numerical simulation results show that the model may exhibit chaotic phenomena. Quasiperiodicity is also found by setting the parameters at specific values. The system can be stabilized to a stable state by using delayed feedback control method. The discussion of control strategy shows that the effect of both firms taking control method is better than that of single firm taking control method.

#### 1. Introduction

An oligopoly is a market form in which a market or industry is dominated by a small number of sellers. Thus, they have power to decide the market price and the yields. The behavior of one player inevitable influences the other players’ behavior. To maximize their profits, each oligopolist is likely to be aware of the actions of the others.

Cournot, in 1838, introduced the first formal theory of oligopoly [1]. In Cournot model, each oligopolist assumes that other firms hold their outputs constant, and all oligopolists select a quantity based on others’ outputs to maximize profits. However, oligopoly game becomes complex when the players adopt dynamic strategy depending on their previous outputs and their rivals’ outputs.

Expectations play an important role in modeling economic phenomena. A firm can choose its expectation rules to adjust its production. There exist three different firms’ expectations: naive, bounded rational, and adaptive [2]. The case of where both players adopt bounded rational expectation and that of one takes bounded rational expectation and the other takes adaptive expectation have been studied by many researchers [3–10]. However, there are few literatures that focus on the case of where both players adopt adaptive expectation.

Recently, the dynamics of duopoly game has been studied by many researchers. Chaotic phenomena in duopoly game were first found by Puu [11]. Later, Kopel [12] studied the stability of the duopoly game with different demand functions and different cost functions. Chaos was also found in this paper. Agiza and Elsadany [2] studied the dynamics in the Cournot duopoly game with heterogeneous players; in which case, one player accepts naive expectation, and the other adopts bounded rational expectation. Ma and Ji [4] studied duopoly game with homogenous players in electric power industry, where both players adjust their outputs according to bounded rational rule. Sarafopoulos [5] assumed that one player accepts bounded rational expectation and the other uses adaptive expectation.

Since chaotic phenomena were found in duopoly game, there are also many researchers focusing on the chaos control in duopoly game [6, 13–17]. However, to our best knowledge, there are few literatures that focus on the efficiency of chaos control. In this paper, we explore the dynamics of a homogeneous duopoly game where both players take adaptive expectation. According to the analysis of numerical simulations, the parameters’ effects on the stability of the system are obtained. To lead the system to stable state, we try to use DFC method. The efficiency of the case where only one company takes control measure and that of the case where both companies take control measure is compared.

The paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the model and the parameters are introduced. In Section 3, we study the equilibriums and the stability of the equilibriums of the model. In Section 4, we give the numerical results about the reactions of the two players. In Section 5, we control the system to a stable situation. Section 6 gives the conclusions.

#### 2. The Model

We assume that the duopoly players produce homogenous goods which are perfect substitutes and offer goods at discrete-time periods. Therefore, the duopoly players face the same market demands. They both choose adaptive expectation rule to decide the amounts of the goods in the next period as their response strategy. Assume that the total demand is reciprocal to price ; therefore, the reverse demand function is where represents the quantity that firm produced. The cost of firm contains two parts: one is constant cost and the other is variable cost. The per units cost corresponding to the variable cost is constant, and the value is . Then, the total cost of firm isNow, we present a simple case which will be used to modify players’ expectation latter. In this case, both firms have the conception that the other firm will produce at time as it did at time . Then, they will decide their outputs based on the amounts their rival player did at time . Then, the expectation net profits of firm 1 and firm 2 at time can be expressed asThe marginal expectation profits of firm 1 and firm 2 at () are as follows:The firms can make maximize profits when the marginal profits are zero. Then, the reaction outputs of the two firms with respect to their competitor’s last outputs areIn order to make sure that is nonnegative, the reaction functions are modified as On the condition that the two firms have adaptive expectation, the firms compute their outputs with weights between their own last outputs and their reaction outputs . Then, the outputs they produce in the next period are as follows:where and are as (6) and (7), respectively, and and are weights on firms’ reaction outputs, respectively. We focus on the dynamics of system (8) in the next section.

#### 3. Equilibrium and Stability

By setting in map (8), the equilibrium output points of the dynamic duopoly game can be obtained as the nonnegative solutions of the algebraic system:The system has two equilibriums: one is and the other is . has no practical significance because both the outputs of two firms are zero. Hence, we just investigate Nash equilibrium .

The Jacobian matrix of the two-dimensional map (8) at equilibrium isAccording to Agiza and Elsadany [3], equilibrium is locally stable if the following conditions are held: whereBy substituting and into (11), the stable conditions of equilibrium becomeIn view of (10), the eigenvalues associated with the equilibrium are Now, suppose that Then, ; namely,It follows from (16) that Then, is a candidate for Neimark-Sacker bifurcation point [18].

#### 4. Numerical Simulations

In this section, numerical simulation results corresponding to model (8) are presented. Bifurcation diagrams and phase portraits with respect to different parameters are used to show complex dynamical behaviors of the duopoly model.

Figure 1 presents the bifurcation diagram of system (8) with respect to parameter (per unit cost of firm 1) against variable for . It is seen that the system is in periodic state for . As decreases, periodic motion and chaotic motion occur alternatively. And the system is driven to chaos through quasiperiodic route. The main region where the system appears chaotic behavior is the range with . There exist many period orbits, such as period 7 orbit with and period 8 orbit with , in model (8). For , the stable output of firm 1 decreases with per unit cost increasing, which is consistent with the fact that the comparative superiority of firm 1 decreases as per unit cost increasing.