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The Institutionalists’ Reaction to Chamberlin’s Theory of Monopolistic Competition
Titolo Rivista: STORIA DEL PENSIERO ECONOMICO 
Autori/Curatori:  Luca Fiorito 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2010 Fascicolo: 1 (Riv. Storia del pensiero economico) Lingua: Inglese 
Numero pagine:  0 Dimensione file:  330 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SPE2010-001003
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Edwin Chamberlin’s The Theory of Monopolistic competition is often described as containing important traces of institutionalist influence. This is also confirmed by Chamberlin himself who, repeatedly, referred to the work of Veblen, and John Maurice Clark among his inspirational sources. The aim of this paper is to analyse the institutionalist reaction to the publication of the Theory of Monopolistic Competition. What will be argued is that the institutionalist response to Chamberlin was a mixed one, and involved some substantial criticisms of his analysis of market structures both on methodological and theoretical grounds. The paper is organized as follows. The first section presents a sketch of the main theoretical implications contained in The Theory of Monopolistic Competition. The second section analyses the general aspects of the institutionalist reaction to Chamberlin. The third and fourth sections deal with the more theoretical aspects of the institutionalist criticism of Chamberlin. The final section presents a conclusion.


Keywords: Chamberlin; Istituzionalismo; Concorrenza monopolistica
Jel Code: B25, E11



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Luca Fiorito, in "STORIA DEL PENSIERO ECONOMICO" 1/2010, pp. , DOI:10.3280/SPE2010-001003

   

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