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On monopolistic competition and optimal product diversity: a comment on cost structure and workers' rents

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  • PICARD, Pierre M.
  • TOULEMONDE, Eric

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In the Dixit-Stiglitz model of monopolistic competition, entry of firms is socially too small. Other authors have shown that excess entry is also a possibility with other preferences for diversity. We show that the cost structure and workers's rents can also explain excess entry.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2005016.

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  1. Pierre M. Picard & Eric Toulemonde, 2005. "On Monopolistic Competition and Optimal Product Diversity: a Comment on Cost Structure and Workers' Rents," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 05.02, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.

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