The Economics of Imperfect Competition: A Spatial Approach

The Economics of Imperfect Competition: A Spatial Approach

by Melvin L. Greenhut, George Norman, Chao-Shun Hung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521315646

ISBN-13: 9780521315647

Pub. Date: 04/01/1987

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book takes a different approach to traditional price theory and to the analysis of imperfect competition. It represented a breakthrough in the development of a 'new' microeconomic theory. Increasingly, it has been recognized that the perfectly competitive paradigm is inappropriate to the explanation of pricing behaviour in many 'real life' markets characterized…  See more details below

Overview

This book takes a different approach to traditional price theory and to the analysis of imperfect competition. It represented a breakthrough in the development of a 'new' microeconomic theory. Increasingly, it has been recognized that the perfectly competitive paradigm is inappropriate to the explanation of pricing behaviour in many 'real life' markets characterized by a significant separation between producers and consumers. The spatial perspective adopted by the authors provides a natural separation of markets, but provides as well a powerful analogy for apparently nonspatial issues such as product differentiation, pricing over time, problems of storage and transportation, and the economics of intraindustry trade and of the multinational enterprise. A major concern of The Economics of Imperfect Competition: A Spatial Approach is to make these analogies explicit by applying this spatial analysis to a wide variety of nonspatial problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521315647
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1987
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables; Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Nondiscriminatory Pricing: 2. A general theory of imperfect competition and nondiscriminatory pricing: the short run; 3. A general theory of imperfect competition and nondiscriminatory pricing: the long run; 4. Nondiscriminatory prices, economic development, and merger policies; 5. Product differentiation: a spatial f.o.b. perspective; Part II. Discriminatory Pricing: 6. Discriminatory pricing and alternative demand conditions; 7. Alternative pricing policies; 8. Discriminatory pricing and market overlap; 9. Intraindustry trade: a spatial approach; 10. Optimal pricing with delivered-price or transport constraints; 11. International and intranational pricing with a general cost function: an introduction to optimal-control theory; 12. Dynamic market strategy: further application of optimal-control theory; 13. Heterogeneous prices and heterogeneous goods; 14. Empirical findings on alternative pricing policies: demand and competitive impacts; Part III. Pricing, Location, and Competition: 15. General location and market-area principles; 16. Pricing, demand distribution, and location choice; 17. Optimal location in nonspatial markets: a spatial approach; 18. Competition, free entry, and long-run profit; 19. An efficient long-run allocative equilibrium; 20. Long-run locational equilibrium; 21. Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Author index; Subject index.

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