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Inferior Factor in Cournot Oligopoly Revisited

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  • Paolo Bertoletti

    () (Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia)

  • Pierre Von Mouche

    (Economics of Consumers and Households, Wageningen University)

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We reconsider the recent work by [Oku10] on (possibly asymmetric) Cournotian firms with two production factors, one of them being inferior. It is shown there that an increase in the price of the inferior factor does raise equilibrium industry output. In addition of providing a simpler and more rigorous proof of such a result, we generalize it to the case of technologies with s = 2 factors and allow some firms not to use the inferior one.

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  • Paolo Bertoletti & Pierre Von Mouche, 2012. "Inferior Factor in Cournot Oligopoly Revisited," DEM Working Papers Series 005, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:pav:demwpp:demwp0005
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    1. William Novshek, 1985. "On the Existence of Cournot Equilibrium," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 52(1), pages 85-98.
    2. Koji Okuguchi, 2010. "Inferior factor in Cournot oligopoly," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 101(2), pages 125-131, October.
    3. Paolo Bertoletti & Giorgio Rampa, 2013. "On inferior inputs and marginal returns," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 109(3), pages 303-313, July.
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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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