Non-linear revenue evaluation

Alex Dickson, Ian A. MacKenzie, Petros G. Sekeris

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In this article we investigate different market structures where decision makers are incentivized by both profit and revenue. Our innovation is that we consider managers that evaluate revenue in a non-linear way, exhibiting diminishing marginal utility. This implies that incremental changes in revenue-for example due to demand shocks-generate production choices that depend on the existing revenue base of the firm. We show that this intuitively appealing extension reverses some conventional results: decision makers may increase output in the presence of negative demand shocks, which depends on the concavity of their utility function with respect to revenue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-505
Number of pages19
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Issue number5
Early online date29 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2022


  • oligopoly
  • non-profit maximization
  • delegation
  • exogenous demand shocks
  • market access costs


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