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Deriving the Trace of Optimal Output for a Noncompetitive Firm


  • Shapoor Vali



A Monopolist or monopolistic competitive firm has no supply curve independent of the demand curve for its product. The intention of this paper is to utilize this dependency and show that under a generally accepted and practiced assumption about changes in the market demand curve facing a noncompetitive firm, it is possible to derive its locus of supply points or its trace of optimal output. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2012

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  • Shapoor Vali, 2012. "Deriving the Trace of Optimal Output for a Noncompetitive Firm," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 40(1), pages 49-60, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:40:y:2012:i:1:p:49-60
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-011-9293-z

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    Noncompetitive firm; Supply function; Locus of supply points; Trace of optimal output; D4; C00;

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    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design
    • C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General


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