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Increasing returns, entrepreneurship and imperfect competition

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  • Jean Gabszewicz

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  • Didier Laussel

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We study a simple bilateral oligopoly model in which individual agents, who are initially endowed with capital, decide sequentially (i) whether they want to act as producers (entrepreneurs) or as capital lenders (rentiers) and, then (ii) which quantity of capital they would like to borrow or lend, though exchange of capital units against units of the produced good. Production takes place under increasing returns to scale. We show the existence of "natural equilibria", at which wealthier capital owners become entrepreneurs while the remaining ones decide to be rentiers. We also study the efficiency of equilibria which is shown to increase by replication of the economy, but sometimes to decrease as a consequence of wealth redistribution.
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  • Jean Gabszewicz & Didier Laussel, 2007. "Increasing returns, entrepreneurship and imperfect competition," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 30(1), pages 1-19, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:30:y:2007:i:1:p:1-19
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-005-0030-1
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    1. Minniti, Maria & Lévesque, Moren, 2008. "Recent developments in the economics of entrepreneurship," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 23(6), pages 603-612, November.

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    Keywords

    Increasing returns; Entrepreneurship; Imperfect competition; D43; D50;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General

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