Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 479: Internal Efficiency and External Conditions

Jörgen W. Weibull ()
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Jörgen W. Weibull: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Abstract: This paper develops a new analytical approach to the old question whether market conditions may influence the internal efficiency of firms. The basic textbook model of the firm is slightly extended to incorporate managers' incentives to reduce production costs in an imperfectly competitive product market. This is done without invoking any agency problem or other form of information asymmetry. The analysis extends Marshallian and Hicksian consumer analysis to managers' demand for leisure in imperfectly competitive environments with a fixed number of firms, and free entry, respectively. Conditions are identified under which product market integration enhances the internal efficiency of firms, and it is shown that market integration is Pareto improving under free entry.

Keywords: MARKET STRUCTURE; BUSINESS ORGANIZATION; PRODUCTION

JEL-codes: D24; D43

18 pages, May 7, 1997

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