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Entry restrictions and the determination of quality

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  • Walter Garcia-Fontes

    () (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics, Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain University of Rochester Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Mi nones 2177, C1428 ATG Buenos Aires, Argentina)

  • Hugo Hopenhayn

    () (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics, Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27, 08005 Barcelona, Spain University of Rochester Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Mi nones 2177, C1428 ATG Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Abstract

Entry restrictions are a common form of regulation in markets and occupations, either as a means of limiting the size of a market or affecting the quality of products or services provided by it. This paper analyzes demand, cost and informational characteristics that affect the impact of this type of policies on the quality mix of products provided by an industry and the welfare of its consumers. Selective increases in the costs of entry such as licensing requirements and direct restrictions with competitive bidding for entry rights are considered. We analyze the effects of these policies on entry decisions and also the additional selection effects that are obtained when exit is allowed for and the rights to participate in an industry can be freely traded.

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  • Walter Garcia-Fontes & Hugo Hopenhayn, 2000. "Entry restrictions and the determination of quality," Spanish Economic Review, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 2(2), pages 105-127.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:specre:v:2:y:2000:i:2:p:105-127
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    6. Walter Garcia Fontes & Massimo Motta, 1994. "Quality of professional services under price floors," Economics Working Papers 87, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

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    Keywords

    Quality; licenses; entry;

    JEL classification:

    • D45 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Rationing; Licensing
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General

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