Competition and Demographics

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Mohammad Amin

World Bank - Enterprise Analysis Unit

Date Written: February 1, 2008


Mainstream economics views demographic changes in the structure of households as of little relevance for the behavior of firms or the functioning of markets. The present paper dispels this view by arguing that changes in the number of non-workers could affect the intensity with which consumers search for best prices and therefore the level of competition. The author also analyzes the relationship between income and competition, which some studies suggest is negative. The author argues that the negative relationship is most likely due to the demographic factors discussed.

Keywords: Markets and Market Access, Education for Development (superceded), Economic Theory & Research, Labor Policies, Emerging Markets

Suggested Citation

Amin, Mohammad, Competition and Demographics (February 1, 2008). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2008. Available at SSRN:

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