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Demand and location decision of a monopsonistic firm

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  • Yeung-Nan Shieh

    (Department of Economics, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0114 USA)

  • Chao-Cheng Mai

    (Sun Yat-Sen Institute for Social Sciences and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, and Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)

This paper examines the impact of demand on the location decision of a monopsonistic firm in the Weber-Moses triangle with one output and two inputs. When the distance of the plant location from the product market is held constant and the expansion path is linear through the origin, the analysis shows that as demand for output increases, the monopsonist has an incentive to move the plant away from the monopsonized input market and towards other markets. When the distance of the plant location from the product market is a choice variable, the linearly homogeneous production function is not sufficient to ensure that the location decision of the monopsonistic firm is independent of the demand function. These results differ significantly from the well-established results in location theory where the firm is a price taker in all the input markets.

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Article provided by Springer & Western Regional Science Association in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 31 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 273-284

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Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:31:y:1997:i:3:p:273-284
Note: Received: February 1996 / Accepted in revised form: September 1996
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