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Pro-competitive Effect of Trade and Non-decreasing Price-Cost Margins

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  • Herve Boulhol

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This study surveys the empirical evidence on the pro-competitive effect of international trade and analyses the determinants of price-cost margins for OECD countries between 1970 and 2003. The main objective was to focus on the quantification of the impact of imports on margins, and understand why, despite trade liberalization, price-cost margins have not fallen overall. On average, imports would have contributed to a large decrease of five percentage points in the price-cost margins. However, these effects seem to have been partially counterbalanced by the impacts of financial deepening and disinflation. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2010.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 72 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
Pages: 326-356

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Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:72:y:2010:i:3:p:326-356

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  1. Luisito Bertinelli & Olivier Cardi & Partha Sen, 2011. "Deregulation shock in product market and unemployment," Working Papers hal-00589228, HAL.
  2. J. Stephen Ferris, 2012. "The Relationship Between Government Size and Economic Performance with Particular Application to New Zealand," Carleton Economic Papers 12-06, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised 25 Apr 2013.
  3. Giammario Impullitti & Omar Licandro, 2010. "Trade, Firm selection, and innovation: the competition channel," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 841.10, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).

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