Salvadori, Neri and Signorino, Rodolfo (2010): The classical notion of competition revisited.
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The paper seeks to fill a lacuna within Classical economics concerning the process of market price determination in a short-period equilibrium. To this aim, first we distinguish the Classical notion of free competition from the Walrasian notion of perfect competition and we argue that the latter is beset by some theoretical difficulties alien to the former. Second, we reconstruct in some detail Smith and Marx’s views concerning market price determination and show that Marx’s extensive use of metaphors and numerical examples foreshadows the modern taxonomy of buyers’ market, sellers’ market and mixed strategy equilibrium in the capacity space of a standard Bertrand duopoly model. Finally, we highlight similarities and differences between the Classical notion of competition and contemporary Bertrand competition models.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The classical notion of competition revisited|
|English Title:||The classical notion of competition revisited|
|Keywords:||Classical and Neoclassical notions of competition, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, mixed strategies, Bertrand competition.|
|Subjects:||B - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches > B1 - History of Economic Thought through 1925 > B12 - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
|Depositing User:||Neri Salvadori|
|Date Deposited:||22. Aug 2010 23:42|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 08:59|
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