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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 9 No. 1 (Winter 1995)


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Distributed Computation as an Economic System

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Huberman, Bernardo A., and Tad Hogg. 1995. "Distributed Computation as an Economic System." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 9(1): 141-152.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.9.1.141


As computer networks grow and blanket the planet, they become a community of concurrent processes, which, in their interactions, strategies, and lack of perfect knowledge, become analogous to human market economies. Economics may thus offer new ways of designing and understanding the behavior of distributed computer systems.

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Huberman, Bernardo A. (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA)
Hogg, Tad (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA)

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L96: Telecommunications
A14: Sociology of Economics


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