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Aggregation with Cournot Competition: An Empirical Investigation

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  • Bertrand Koebel
  • François Laisney

This paper empirically investigates the existence of Cournot equilibrium and the validity of the Le Chatelier-Samuelson (LCS) principle in the aggregate. Whereas two well known existence conditions are statistically rejected, we cannot reject a third, original, condition. We also find some empirical evidence for the LCS principle, as well as both increasing and constant returns to scale for two-digit US manufacturing industries. The results highlight the importance of imperfect competition for understanding aggregate growth, investment and employment.

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Article provided by GENES in its journal Annals Of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): (2016)
Issue (Month): 121-122 ()
Pages: 91-119

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Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2016:i:121-122:p:91-119
DOI: 10.15609/annaeconstat2009.121-122.91
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