Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorEkelund, Robert B.
dc.creatorMoser, Ernest Richard
dc.description.abstractThe usual analyses of the origins of the theory of imperfect competition have tended to link the writings by Chamberlain and Robinson to the increasing returns controversy, and particularly Sraffa's paper in 1926. Moreover, other possible sources which have been occasionally mentioned in these studies include the writings of A. C. Pigou, the development of mathematics as a tool of economic theory, and the general economic environment. But these views are shown to be myopic. In this paper, it is found that A. C. Pigou was the seminal figure in the development of the theory of imperfect competition and actually came close to developing his own theory to handle the market structures between perfect completion and monopoly. Thus, while the increasing returns controversy contributed, in part, to the emergence of the theory, A. C. Pigou should be considered the most important contributor to the development of the theory of imperfect competition. Moreover, it is also found that there were at least two other theories of imperfect competition which had been proposed prior to 1930. One rather naive theory was from the writings of the mathematicians, Cournot, Edgeworth, Evans, and Roos. The second, and more sophisticated, theory was contained in the writings of the Continental economists, Cournot, Dupuit, and Zeuthen. Therefore, although the texts by Robinson and Chamberlain were important contributions to the theory of imperfect competition, Robinson and Chamberlain should not be considered the sole originators of the theory.en
dc.format.extent194 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subject.classification1973 Dissertation M899
dc.titleThe origins of the theory of imperfect competitionen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFurubotn, Eirik G.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGuseman, L. F.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMaurice, S. C.
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

This item and its contents are restricted. If this is your thesis or dissertation, you can make it open-access. This will allow all visitors to view the contents of the thesis.

Request Open Access