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Monopoly Power and Competition

The Italian Marginalist Perspective

By (author) Manuela Mosca
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 27th Jul 2018
Dimensions: w 209mm h 237mm d 21mm
Weight: 510g
ISBN-10: 178100370X
ISBN-13: 9781781003701
Barcode No: 9781781003701
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This defining and original book explores the history of monopoly power and of its relation to competition, focusing on the innovative contributions of the Italian marginalists - Pareto, Pantaleoni, De Viti de Marco and Barone. Manuela Mosca analyses their articulate vision of competition, and the structural and strategic entry barriers considered in their works to enrich existing literature on the history of the sources of market power. The book is not limited to the reconstruction of the elaboration of pure theory, it also highlights its policy implications and how this group applied their theories as cutting-edge experiments in analysing the labour market, socialism, the Great War and gender issues, against the background of the political situation of the period. Monopoly Power and Competition is a vital resource for historians of economic thought, as it explores a relatively untouched area of microeconomics from a historical perspective, and reveals the theories surrounding monopoly power and competition. Microeconomists and industrial organisation scholars would similarly benefit from the knowledge of the origins of many microeconomic tools and notions

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'The volume has a significant importance. All in all, it is a critical and innovative contribution that ably highlights the profound interest of the author in the identification of the place occupied by some of the most important Italian marginalists in the development of the ideas of monopoly and competition.' -- Domenicantonio Fausto, Journal of the History of Economic Thought 'Monopoly Power and Competition is, as a result, a recommended book. It should be read by all historians and economists interested in the contributions of marginalism to the study of market power; and scholars who have had little or no understanding of the Italian tradition in economic thought will profit the most from reading it. Perhaps in recognition of that point, the History of Economics Society awarded the Joseph J. Spengler Prize to Manuela Mosca this year for the book under review.' -- Michael McLure, History of Economics Review 'This defining and original book explores the history of monopoly power and of its relation to competition, focusing on the innovative contributions of the Italian Marginalists, Pareto, Pantaleoni, De Viti de Marco and Barone. Manuela Mosca analyses their articulate vision of competition, and the structural and strategic entry barriers considered in their works to enrich existing literature on the history of the sources of market power. The book is not limited to the reconstruction of the elaboration of pure theory, it also highlights its policy implications and how this group applied their theories as cutting-edge experiments in analysing the labour market, socialism, the Great War and gender issues, against the background of the political situation of the period. Monopoly Power and Competition is a vital resource for historians of economic thought, as it explores a relatively untouched area of microeconomics in historical perspective, and reveals the theories surrounding monopoly power and competition. Microeconomists and industrial organisation scholars would similarly benefit from the knowledge of the origins of many microeconomic tools and notions.' -- History of Economics Society 'Manuela Mosca has worked on the role of monopoly power in the history of economic analysis for the last twenty years. This book contains the upshot of her meticulous and insightful studies of how the problem was dealt with, the focus of attention being on four major Italian authors, Pareto, Pantaleoni, De Viti de Marco and Barone, co-founders of the marginalist school of economics. However, the investigation is not limited to the development of pure theory, it treats also its policy implications and the way these were effectuated against the background of the contemporary political situation. The book contains solid analytical reconstructions, an illuminating politico-historical discourse and is a pleasure to read.' -- Heinz D. Kurz, University of Graz, Austria 'This book is an invaluable vaccine against the tendency, all too common in some economic circles, to identify "competition" with the classroom model of perfectly competitive markets. Mosca highlights the classical economists' vision of competition as an ongoing process, not an equilibrium state, explains the both the importance of potential competition in the classical framework and the way the concept of barriers to entry shapes modern views on the competition process. Her discussion makes clear the central place of vibrant Italian economic scholarship in developing these ideas.' -- Stephen Martin, Purdue University, US 'Manuela Mosca offers a fascinating portrait of the generation of economic ideas through interaction among four gifted theorists and friends: Pareto, Pantaleoni, de Viti de Marco, and Barone. These four theorists set forth a unique approach to competition and monopoly, and that approach maps nicely onto the growing interest in social complexity.' -- Richard E. Wagner, George Mason University, US