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Distorted monopolistic competition

Kristian Behrens (), Giordano Mion (), Yasusada Murata and Jens Suedekum ()

Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change from Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association

Abstract: We characterize the equilibrium and optimal resource allocations in a general equilibrium model of monopolistic competition with multiple asymmetric sectors and heterogeneous firms. We first derive general results for additively separable preferences and general productivity distributions, and then analyze specific examples that allow for closed-form solutions and a simple quantification procedure. Using data for France and the United Kingdom, we find that the aggregate welfare distortion — due to inefficient labor allocation and firm entry between sectors and inefficient selection and output within sectors — is equivalent to the contribution of 6–8% of the total labor input.

Keywords: monopolistic competition; welfare distortion; intersectoral distortions; intrasectoral distortions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D43 D50 L13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016
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