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Conclusion
Conclusion

What is the relationship between resource-advantage theory and neoclassical, perfect competition theory? Are they mutually exclusive rivals, complementary, or something else? If they were rivals, then one being true would imply that the other must be false. If they were complementary, then each would focus on explaining and predicting different phenomena. Rather than their being rivals or complements, this chapter argues for the “something else” option. Specifically, it argues that R-A theory is a general theory of competition that incorporates perfect competition theory as a special case. As such, R-A theory preserves the cumulativity of economic science.

If R-A theory is a general theory of competition, what are its public policy implications? With respect to antitrust legislation, does R-A theory imply laissez faire? This chapter ...

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