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On the counter-cyclicality of prices and markups in a Cournot model of entry

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    We prove in a Cournot model that the price and markup are counter-cyclical due to changes in the extent of competition if the income effect is decreasing in the price, as occurs when preferences are homothetic or demand is isoelastic.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 99 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 310-313

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