Monopoly Innovation and Welfare Effects
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - Centre for Research in Financial Services (CREFS)
Lydia L. Gan
University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Medical Tourism Research Center
Economics Discussion Paper No. 2010-10
In this paper we study the welfare effect of a monopoly innovation. Unlike many partial equilibrium models carried out in previous studies, general equilibrium models with non-price-taking behavior are constructed and analyzed in greater detail. We discover that technical innovation carried out by a monopolist could significantly increase the social welfare. We conclude that, in general, the criticism against monopoly innovation based on its increased deadweight loss is less accurate than previously postulated by many studies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: Monopoly, social welfare, technical innovation, general equilibrium
JEL Classification: D50, D60
Date posted: December 18, 2010
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