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Monopolistic competition without apology

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  • Thisse, Jacques-François
  • Ushchev, Philip

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We provide a selective survey of what has been accomplished under the heading of monopolistic competition in industrial organization and other economic fields. Among other things, we argue that monopolistic competition is a market structure in its own right, which encompasses a much broader set-up than the celebrated constant elasticity of substitution (CES) model. Although oligopolistic and monopolistic competition compete for adherents within the economics profession, we show that this dichotomy is, to a large extend, unwarranted.

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  • Thisse, Jacques-François & Ushchev, Philip, 2016. "Monopolistic competition without apology," CEPR Discussion Papers 11449, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    monopolistic competition; oligopoly; product differentiation; the negligibility hypothesis;
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    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

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