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The Dynamics of Price Cost Margins: Evidence from UK Manufacturing

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  • Holger Görg
  • Frederic Warzynski

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This paper estimates the dynamics of price cost margins in UK manufacturing over the period 1989-1997 and links it to the implementation of the Single Market Program. Using the Hall-Roeger methodology, we find a dramatic decline in price cost margins by 25% after 1990. This suggests that firms anticipated the competitive shock induced by the Single Market Program, which created a more competitive environment. JEL Classification: F1, L1, L6.

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Volume (Year): 97 bis (2006)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 303-318

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Keywords: single market program; price cost margins; UK; firm-level data;

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  1. Bellone, Flora & Musso, Patrick & Nesta, Lionel & Warzynski, Frédéric, 2007. "L'effet pro-concurrentiel de l'intégration européenne: Une analyse de l'évolution des taux de marge dans les industries manufacturiéres francaises," Working Papers 08-2, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
  2. Rebekka Christopoulou & Philip Vermeulen, 2012. "Markups in the Euro area and the US over the period 1981–2004: a comparison of 50 sectors," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 53-77, February.
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