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The road less travelled : oligopoly and competition policy in general equilibrium

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I review previous approaches to modelling oligopoly in general equilibrium, and propose a new view which in principle overcomes their deficiencies: modelling firms as large in their own market but small in the economy as a whole. Implementing this approach requires a tractable specification of preferences. Dixit-Stiglitz preferences (which imply iso-elastic perceived demand functions) could be used, but "continuum-quadratic" preferences (which imply linear perceived demand functions) are more convenient. To illustrate their usefulness, I construct a simple closed-economy model of oligopoly in general equilibrium and derive some surprising implications for competition policy.

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  • J. Peter Neary, 2002. "The road less travelled : oligopoly and competition policy in general equilibrium," Working Papers 200222, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
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    Keywords

    Competition policy; Dixit-Stiglitz preferences; General equilibrium; GOLE (General Oligopolistic Equilibrium); Oligopoly; Competition--Government policy; Equilibrium (Economics); Oligopolies--Econometric models; Antitrust law;

    JEL classification:

    • D50 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - General
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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