Teaching cournot without derivatives

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The author presents a simple technique for teaching the Cournot model to first-year students. The approach involves demonstrating to the students that out of all rectangles with a common perimeter, the square has the greatest area. No use is made of derivatives. The same approach can be used to understand some other market forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Economic Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • Cournot model
  • Derivatives
  • First-year students
  • Rectangle method
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


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