On the origins of the concept of natural monopoly: Economies of scale and competition

@article{Mosca2008OnTO,
  title={On the origins of the concept of natural monopoly: Economies of scale and competition},
  author={Manuela Mosca},
  journal={The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  year={2008},
  volume={15},
  pages={317 - 353}
}
  • M. Mosca
  • Published 19 May 2008
  • Economics
  • The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Abstract The present article contributes to the history of the concept of natural monopoly, focusing on the reconstruction of its origins. The paper considers various facets of natural monopoly: the expression itself; the singling out of the concrete situations to which it is applied; the inquiry into economies of scale; the consideration of their incompatibility with perfect competition; the drawing of the diagram; and the need for government intervention. In this paper each of the above… 
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