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Competitiveness in the Quarterly Business Tendency Survey in Industry


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  • Patrick Aubert


  • Marie Leclair



INSEEs Business Tendency Survey in industry constitutes a source of information on the competitiveness of manufacturing firms. At an individual level, a rise in competitiveness appears significantly correlated with an increase in sales and production and a reduction in intermediate consumption costs and labour costs. However, these correlations concern raw values rather than relative values in relation to the sector in which they produce. This observation suggests that variations in the competitiveness expressed by entrepreneurs reflect above all the short-term economic changes with which the business is faced, rather than a true modification of its competitive position. At the aggregate level, the balance of opinion on the evolution of competitiveness in the Business Survey seems, however, to follow quite closely the variations of some conventional indicators such as labour productivity or exchange rate, as well as indicators of costs relatively to the costs of competing foreign products.

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Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

Volume (Year): 395-396 (2007)
Issue (Month): (January)
Pages: 117-140

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Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es395-396f

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Keywords: Competitiveness; Business Tendency Surveys; Ordered Multinomial Logit Models;

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  1. Patrick Aubert & Marie Leclair, 2006. "La compétitivité exprimée dans les enquêtes trimestrielles sur la situation et les perspectives dans l'industrie," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 395(1), pages 117-140.
  2. Fagerberg, Jan, 1988. "International Competitiveness: Errata," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 98(393), pages 1203, December.
  3. Patrick Aubert & Bruno Crépon, 2003. "La productivité des salariés âgés : une tentative d'estimation," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 368(1), pages 95-119.
  4. Fagerberg, Jan, 1988. "International Competitiveness," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 98(391), pages 355-74, June.
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