The Economics of Competition: The Race to Monopoly

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Psychology Press, 2006 - 322 páginas
A comprehensive examination of the ways competition and innovations level the playing field in the free market

The Economics of Competition uses the South African pharmaceutical industry as a case study to cogently challenge accepted economic and regulatory views on competition and monopoly, then re-establishes and emphasizes the importance of foundational economic principles. The book comprehensively explores the concept that monopoly is self-limiting within unrestricted competition, as well as the various market features of competition, innovation, and market power. This detailed examination broadens understanding of the economics of competition for both scholars and practitioners.

Competition is seen as a continuous process in a free market. The Economics of Competition thoughtfully explores the competitive process in its two mechanisms, the transfer of market share from one rival to another, and innovation of a new product, new method of production, new market opening, or new source of supply of raw materials. The dynamic nature of the marketplace is thoroughly examined from the author's inside view of the South African pharmaceutical industry. This provides a rare opportunity to closely examine an industry considered to be a monopoly while actively applying economic theories of competition and freedom of choice. The effects of public policy, legislation, and pricing regulations are discussed in detail. The book has several tables and figures to enhance clarity and is extensively referenced.

The Economics of Competition discusses:
* monopoly and rivalry in the free market
* theories of perfect competition
* innovation as a controlling variable
* pricing and price differentiation
* barriers to competition--including historical and contemporary legislative barriers
* horizontal mergers and acquisitions as a key aspect of market power
* and more The Economics of Competition is insightful, thought-provoking reading for policymakers as well as anyone practising antitrust law, microeconomics, industrial economics, managerial economics, marketing strategy, theoretical public health, and students and educators of marketing and economics.

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Competition and Monopoly Power
9
Perfect Competition
15
Departures from Perfect Competition
29
Rivalry and the Competitive Process
43
Barriers to Competition
57
Regulating the Competitive Process
83
Firm Dominance and Price Decisions
125
Measuring Market Concentration
161
The Pharmaceutical Industry
209
The Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions
229
A Microeconomic Inspection of the Industry
241
Conclusion
277
Notes
287
Bibliography
293
Index
307
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The Market Structure of the
175

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George G Djolov is the Director of the Socio-Economic Integration Unit at South Africa's central statistics office, Statistics South Africa, and is a graduate of the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, specialising in business statistics and industrial economics. He attained his Master's and Bachelors' degrees of commerce at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr Djolov's professional interests are in business statistics, industrial economics, and managerial economics. He is the past Executive Chief Economist of the federation of South Africa's chambers of commerce and industry, CHAMSA. He was formerly the Chief Economist of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of South Africa, the body representing local and multinational ethical drug companies in South Africa. Dr Djolov has published in several journals, including the Bulletin of the International Statistical Institute, Journal of Third World Studies, Journal of World Intellectual Property, Economic Affairs, Estudios de Economia, the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, and the South African Medical Journal. He is a member of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management. He is a past member of the European Association of Research in Industrial Economics and the Eastern Economic Association.

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