Market

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A place where transactions among agents take place, where an offer meets the demand, and the price of things is set.

Markets are means of distribution of goods and services in capitalism. They serve as mechanisms of valuation (setting price for things) and allocation (signalling production based on demand and providing incentives). Markets play an important role in self-organization of capitalist economies (as opposed to planned economies -socialism or communism).

Well functioning markets suppose information symmetry among agents.


Commons-based peer production relies more on stigmergy for co-production and dissemination of solutions, which is a departure from capitalism.

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