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Supply theory sans profit maximization.

Dasgupta, I. (2009) 'Supply theory sans profit maximization.', B.E. journal of theoretical economics., 9 (1). p. 26.

Abstract

We utilize the analytical construct of a stochastic supply function to provide an aggregate representation of a finite collection of standard deterministic supply functions. We introduce a consistency postulate for a stochastic supply function that may be satisfied even if no underlying deterministic supply function is rationalizable in terms of profit maximization. Our consistency postulate is nonetheless equivalent to a stochastic expansion of supply inequality, which summarizes the predictive content of the traditional theory of competitive supply. A number of key results in the deterministic theory follow as special cases from this equivalence. In particular, it yields a probabilistic version of the law of supply, which implies the traditional specification. Our analysis thus provides a necessary and sufficient axiomatic foundation for a de-coupling of the predictive content of the classical theory of competitive firm behavior from its a priori roots in profit maximization, while subsuming the traditional theory as a special case.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Published Version (239Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.2202/1935-1704.1571
Record Created:29 Sep 2009 15:05
Last Modified:24 Nov 2011 12:02

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