A Tractable Alternative to Cobb-Douglas Utility for Imperfect Competition

Posted: 7 Dec 2000

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Xiangkang Yin

Deakin University; Financial Research Network (FIRN)


This paper proposes a tractable alternative to Cobb-Douglas utility to resolve the problems of lack of reservation price and income effects in demand functions derived from Cobb-Douglas utility or quasilinear utility. Another advantage of this alternative is that it provides a closed-form general equilibrium in the case where some industries are monopoly while others are imperfectly competitive.

JEL Classification: B41, D11, E21

Suggested Citation

Yin, Xiangkang, A Tractable Alternative to Cobb-Douglas Utility for Imperfect Competition. Australian Economic Papers, Vol. 40, No. 1, February 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=249074

Xiangkang Yin (Contact Author)

Deakin University ( email )

Melbourne, Victoria

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

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