Monopolistic Competition in the Mobile Phone Market

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Introduction In basic terms, a market structure regarded monopolistic is deemed to have some elements or components of both competition and monopoly. In such a market structure, there exists a large number of entities offering for sale goods that in addition to being substitutes also happen to be differentiated significantly. In this text, I highlight the mobile phone market monopolistic competition. Further, I discuss how such a market would be impacted by both an increase in the price of an input regarded important and a decrease in the demand of mobile phones. Part 1: A Description of Monopolistic Competition in Mobile Phone Market In the opinion of Baumol and Blinder (2011, p. 235), "monopolistic competition is a market structure characterized by many small firms selling somewhat different products." The authors in this case further note that the output of each entity is small in comparison to the market's aggregate output of competing but closely related products. With that in mind, the mobile phone market exhibits some key characteristics of monopolistic competition. In this market, customers in need of mobile phones are presented with a wide range of options to choose from. For instance, a customer who enters a mobile phone handset shop has the option of purchasing a Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry or even an LG handset. All these products despite being closely related are also largely differentiated. As Tucker (2010, p. 268) notes, "the key feature of

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