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Industrial Organization in the European Union: Structure, Strategy, and the Competitive Mechanism

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  • Davies, Stephen

    (University of East Anglia)

  • Lyons, Bruce

    (University of East Anglia)

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    This book fills an important gap in our knowledge of the organization of EU manufacturing industry. At the empirical level, it draws on a newly constructed micro-level database (the European market share matrix) to present the first ever comprehensive picture of the concentration, integration, multinationality, and diversification of EU industry and firms. However, its purpose is not primarily descriptive. At the theoretical level, it develops a new way of integrating the insights of international trade, industrial organization, international business, and corporate strategy. A central thesis is that by understanding the reasons for the industrial structure we observe, much can be understood about the underlying competitive process that generated this structure in the context of current European integration. In this, R&D, advertising, and government intervention each play important and pervasive roles. The insights from an econometric analysis of the various dimensions of industrial structure are applied to address policy-relevant questions such as: is the industrial organization of the member states integrated at the EU level? Are diversification and multinationality random, or do they follow an industrial logic? Which industries and firms pose the most serious potential problems for competition policy? How do the largest EU firms achieve their size? Do certain member states dominate the ownership or location of production?

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    This book is provided by Oxford University Press in its series OUP Catalogue with number 9780198289739 and published in 1996.

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    Cited by:
    1. Ben Ferrett, 2012. "Acquisition versus Green eld Investment versus Export in an International Oligopoly with Heterogeneous Firms," Discussion Paper Series 2012_03, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Apr 2012.
    2. Mark VANCAUTEREN, 2002. "The Impact of Technical Barriers to Trade on Home Bias : An application to EU data," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2002032, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
    3. Marina Di Giacomo, 2000. "The Employment Effects of Innovation. Evidence from a Sample of Italian Manufacturing Firms," CERIS Working Paper 200009, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO).
    4. Natalie Chen & Dennis Novy, 2009. "International trade integration: a disaggregated approach," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 28516, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    5. Yvan Decreux & Hugo Valin, 2007. "MIRAGE, Updated Version of the Model for Trade Policy Analysis: Focus on Agriculture and Dynamics," Working Papers 2007-15, CEPII research center.
    6. Michael Peneder, 2003. "Industry Classifications: Aim, Scope and Techniques," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 109-129, March.
    7. Catherine Matraves & Peter Rodriguez, 2005. "Profitability, Diversification, and Multinationality in Leading German and UK Firms," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 4(2), pages 87-105, August.
    8. Geroski, Paul A & Gugler, Klaus Peter, 2001. "Corporate Growth Convergence in Europe," CEPR Discussion Papers 2838, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    9. Mario Coccia, 2001. "Partnerships Technology Transfer-Based: Theory and Methodology for Analysing the Process," CERIS Working Paper 200109, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO).
    10. Jan Guldager J�rgensen & Philipp J.H. Schr–der, 2003. "Reductions in Real versus Tariff Barriers: The Impact on Industry Concentration," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 3(4), pages 251-268, December.

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