Edward Chamberlin: The Theory of Monopolistic Competition: A Re‐orientation of the Theory of Value

Andrew S. Skinner (University of Glasgow)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Publication date: 1 May 1986

Abstract

This article is not the work of an expert on the period in question (see Robinson, 1971; Rheinwald, 1977); rather it is a commentary on a book whose half‐century has just passed almost unnoticed. In a sense the argument involves a further visit to what J.A. Schumpeter once described as the “lumber room” of historical knowledge, although this particular visit is prompted neither by nostalgia nor piety, but rather by the conviction that Chamberlin still has much to teach those interested in the theory of the firm and in the wider area of industrial economics. The article is also prompted by the conviction that the conventional textbook accounts of Chamberlin's work have introduced misleading simplifications in pursuing the qualities of coherence and precision in the presentation of ideas.

Citation

Skinner, A. (1986), "Edward Chamberlin: The Theory of Monopolistic Competition: A Re‐orientation of the Theory of Value", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 27-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb002637

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1986, MCB UP Limited

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