Questions tagged [monopoly]

A market structure in which there is a single firm acting as supplier.

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The pricing of complementary goods if one of them is purchased only once

Sorry for asking a homework question, however, I'll try to generalize it as much as possible for a future use. There are two complementary goods (A and B). B is produced under perfect competition, ...
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How does a CLEC innovate?

A CLEC, competitive local exchange carrier, is described... A competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), in the United States and Canada, is a telecommunications provider company (sometimes called a &...
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Lerner Index Interpretation?

How do you interpret the Lerner Index? I ask because at Uni. we have been told that, for monopoly, when the producer max. his profit, he sets the price such as the demand is elastic and the lerner ...
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Profit Maximisation for a Monopolist

Suppose a monopolist faces the following inverse demand function : $p = exp(-Q)$ The monopolist can produce any positive level of output with zero variable cost. Its fixed cost is $F$. Find the ...
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Can the internet be characterized as a public utility?

The idea of what a public utility is, economically, rather than just legally is not a new point of discussion. Philosophers like John Stuart Mill argued for the public provision of water and gas, ...
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Will the market for driverless cars move toward a monopoly?

There is a short article in The Economist (link below) where the writer makes the claim that because there are firms the exhibit economies of scale - in driverless technology - they will eventually ...
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Is anti-competitive behavior a threat in a society with free trade and no regulation?

A question that I have is whether a truly economically free society needs to (or should) have laws against anti-competitive behavior. Take liquor distribution as an example. In the United States ...
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How to compute Social Welfare in this model?

The first part of this scientific article analyzes reward-based crowdfunding. The assumptions are: Seller is a monopolist Unit mass of consumers Unit demand Two periods Individuals are identified by $...
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Menu-pricing with three consumer groups

I want to analyze the following setting: An entrepreneur (with monopoly power) sells a product in two periods. In period 1 there are two consumer groups (denoted by 1 and 2) and in period 2 there is ...
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A high store loyalty indicates what kind of competition among cement retailers selling products of the same brand?

To provide some context, this question occurred to me while I was considering the cement retail market. If one considers retailers selling cement of only one brand, then the concept of brand loyalty ...
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Does placing a price ceiling in a monopoly increase total surplus?

this may seem like a very simple conceptual question but I have been drawing graphs and googling for quite a while and I think I'm just confusing myself. If we haven't set a price yet for the price ...
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Cobb-Douglas demand yields a zero marginal revenue, monopolies don't exist?

From here and a pile of maths that I've done myself, $x_1 = \frac{a}{a+b}\frac{m}{p_1} \\ x_2= \frac{b}{a+b}\frac{m}{p_2}$ This yields inverse demand equations, when you have numbers stand in for $...
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Economic Regulation using Price caps

Based on my understanding both the equations are price caps, for firm A real decrease must be 8% and for B real increase must be 1%. But I don't understand how will I choose between the 2 as an ...
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How to find right MRP_L in this economic problem?

Economic problem from my textbook (here is my translation from Russian): There is a firm that is both monopoly and monopsony. It's monopoly on market of its product and it's monopsony on labor market ...
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Why are some natural monopolies protected by the law from competition?

It just doesn't make sense. Any try to challenge a natural monopoly is fruitless (at the best) or an economic suicide (at the worst). Why would you forbid companies from doing such stupid move? It's ...
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Imperfect Price Discrimination profit per group

During imperfect price discrimination is it possible to determine profit per group. For example: Aggregated Cost function: C(Q) = 18*Q + 5; where Q = q1 + q2 Aggregated Demand (AD) for group 1: q1(...