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Theories of competition and market performance

Multimarket competition and the source of potential entry
  • Arjen van Witteloostuijn


An important issue in the theory of industrial organization involves the question of market performance. This paper deals with the static-dynamic efficiency trade-off. Theories of competition are reviewed and classified. The concept of workable competition offers a verbal listing of conditions facilitating both efficiency dimensions. A crucial feature of workable competition is the force of potential rivalry. The study of sources of potential entry and market games identifies cases of intermediate competition which can serve as a welfare-theoretic yardstick for the evaluation of market performance. The nature of multimarket competition proves to be essential.


International Economic Public Finance Industrial Organization Market Performance Crucial Feature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arjen van Witteloostuijn
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationUniversity of LimburgMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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