The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Monopolistic Competition

  • G. C. Archibald
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There is at least an oral tradition that the origin of theories of monopolistic competition is Sraffa’s (1926). In the case of Joan Robinson (1933) this may well be true. In the case of Edward Chamberlin (1933) it cannot be: the book was developed from a Ph.D. thesis supervised by Allyn A. Young submitted on 1 April 1927. Indeed, Chamberlin (1933, p. 5 n.) refers to Sraffa’s paper as appearing ‘since the above was written’.


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