Does market size matter also for charities?

Kimberley Scharf, Carlo Perroni, Janne Tukiainen

Research output: Working paper/PreprintWorking paper


We analyze implications of market size on market structure in the not-forprofit sector. We show that, while a standard model of oligopolistic competition between for-profits predicts a positive relationship between market size and firm size, an analogous model of not-for-profit competition predicts no such correlation. We then interrogate these predictions empirically by focusing on five charitable markets for local public goods. These findings both reject the applicability of the classic theories of oligopolistic competition between for-profit firms to the not-for-profit case and fail to reject the simple model proposed here.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Apr 2015

Publication series

NameWorking Paper Series
PublisherWarwick University, Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, Department of Economics


  • Charity competition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Social Sciences


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