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Process Innovation and the Persistence of Monopoly with Labour-Managed Firms

  • L. Lambertini

The issue of the persistence of monopoly when at least one labour-managed firm takes part in an auction for a cost-reducing innovation is tackled in this paper. It is shown that (i) when the incumbent is a profit-maximizing firm while the entrant is a labour-managed firm, monopoly persists; (ii) when both firms are labour-managed, monopoly persists only if the technology initially employed by the incumbent is highly inefficient as compared to the new one; and, finally, (iii) when the incumbent is labour-managed while the outsider is a profit seeking agent, then entry always occurs and monopoly changes hands.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna in its series Working Papers with number 268.

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Date of creation: Jan 1997
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Handle: RePEc:bol:bodewp:268
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