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Informational Structure and Effciency in Monopoly

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  • Babu Nahata

    (University of Louisville)

  • Serguei Kokovin

    (Novosibirsk State University)

  • Evgeny Zhelobodko

    (Novosibirsk State University)

Abstract

The paper focuses on efficiency under monopoly. Contrary to common wisdom, nine examples given in the paper show that a Pareto-efficient output in monopoly is possible under both linear and nonlinear pricing. Pareto efficiency can be achieved when consumers are homogeneous as well as heterogeneous. Since Pareo-efficiency is possible under different demand and cost conditions; different pricing strategies; and different degree of consumer heterogeneity, in general, monopoly per se is not the cause for ineficiency.

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  • Babu Nahata & Serguei Kokovin & Evgeny Zhelobodko, 2003. "Informational Structure and Effciency in Monopoly," General Economics and Teaching 0307004, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpgt:0307004
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    2. Schmalensee, Richard, 1981. "Output and Welfare Implications of Monopolistic Third-Degree Price Discrimination," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 71(1), pages 242-247, March.
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    Keywords

    Monopoly; Pareto Efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • D42 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Monopoly
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General

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