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Firm Adaptation Consumer Sorting and Market Dominance

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  • Joseph E Harrington Jr

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Consider a setting in which firms randomly discover new ideas that affect their products or services and implement only those ideas which increase current profit At the same time that firms are adapting their offerings consumers are searching among firms for the best match It is shown that implicit in these dual dynamics is an increasing returns mechanism which can result in one firm dominating the market in the long run The conditions under which there is sustained market dominance are characterized

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  • Joseph E Harrington Jr, 2001. "Firm Adaptation Consumer Sorting and Market Dominance," Economics Working Paper Archive 448, The Johns Hopkins University,Department of Economics, revised Feb 2002.
  • Handle: RePEc:jhu:papers:448
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