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On Monopolistic Competition and Optimal Product Diversity: a Comment on Cost Structure and Workers' Rents

  • Pierre M. Picard
  • Eric Toulemonde

In the Dixit-Stiglitz model of monopolistic competition, entry of firms is socially too small. Other authors have shown that excess entry is also a possibility with other preferences for diversity. We show that the cost structure and workers's rents can also explain excess entry.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 05.02.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:05.02
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