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The ‘Welfare Loss from Monopoly’ Re-visited

Richard Carson ()
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Richard Carson: Department of Economics, Carleton University,

No 20-13, Carleton Economic Papers from Carleton University, Department of Economics

Abstract: In the 1950s, economists claimed that the ‘welfare loss from monopoly’ was well below 1% of GNP. This led to the literature on rent seeking that argued for an additional loss equal to all or part of the economic profit. Here I identify a third loss in the form of suppression of innovation and entrepreneurship when this leads to a decrease in political support. This decrease results from an increase in political competition and loss of rent on old technology. The third loss may be the highest of all.

Keywords: Efficiency; Inclusiveness; Political Support; Rent Seeking. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D42 O30 P59 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 12 pages
Date: 2020-08
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