When is concentration beneficial? Evidence from U.S. manufacturing
AbstractThis article estimates the impact of industrial concentration on market power and cost and then links the ensuing welfare changes to market structure characteristics using a sample of 232 U.S. manufacturing industries. Empirical results indicate that further increases in concentration would enhance welfare in 70% of the industries due to widespread efficiency gains, although these would generally not be passed on to consumers. From a social standpoint, further concentration is more likely to be beneficial in industries with economies of size, high export intensity, which are engaged in consumer-oriented goods, face larger markets, and have low or moderate levels of initial concentration.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Universidad de Alcalá, Departamento de Economía. in its series Alcamentos with number 0901.
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Date of creation: 2009
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- L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
- L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
- D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure and Pricing - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
- D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
- F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
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- NEP-ALL-2009-04-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-COM-2009-04-25 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-EFF-2009-04-25 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-MIC-2009-04-25 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-URE-2009-04-25 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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