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Market competition, social welfare in an entry-constrained differentiated-good oligopoly

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This paper studies a differentiated-good oligopoly where the socially optimal number of firms (varieties) may be smaller or greater than under the free-entry equilibrium. We show that, under certain conditions, social welfare may be higher when entry is restricted into the industry.

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  • Koh, Winston T.H., 2008. "Market competition, social welfare in an entry-constrained differentiated-good oligopoly," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 100(2), pages 229-233, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:2:p:229-233
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    3. Chang Yee Kwan, 2013. "Preferences, Welfare and Desirable Subsidies under Monopolistic Competition," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(4), pages 744-759, November.
    4. Jurgan, Jens, 2009. "Conjectural cost variations in a differentiated good oligopoly," W.E.P. - Würzburg Economic Papers 80, University of Würzburg, Chair for Monetary Policy and International Economics.

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