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Objectives of an Imperfectly Competitive Firm: A Surplus Approach

  • Egbert Dierker

    (University of Vienna)

  • Hildegard Dierker

    (University of Vienna)

  • Birgit Grodal

    (University of Copenhagen)

We consider a firm acting strategically on behalf of its shareholder. The price normalization problem arising in general equilibrium models of imperfect competition can be overcome by using the concept of real wealth maximization. This concept is based on shareholders´ aggregate demand and does not involve nay utility comparisons. We explore the efficiency properties of real wealth maxima for the group of shareholders. A strategy is called S-efficient (S stands for shareholders) if there is not other strategy such that shareholders´new total demand can be redistributed in a way that all shareholders will be better off. Our main result states that the set of real wealth maximizing strategies coincides with the set of S-efficient strategies provided that shareholders´social surplus is concave. The concavity assumption is shown to be independent of the commodity bundle used to normalize prices and measure wealth.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics in its series CIE Discussion Papers with number 2000-06.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieci:2000-06
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