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Does Market Structure Matter? New Evidence from Russia

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  • Brown, Annette
  • Brown, J David

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In this paper we re-examine empirically the Structure-Conduct-Performance relationship between concentration and profitability using new data on Russia that allow us to overcome the endogeneity problem of market structure and expand on the traditional analysis in several ways. The analysis yields several important results. We find strong evidence that national concentration does increase profitability, but only in geographically dispersed industries, suggesting that regional markets are an important source of market power for oligopolistic industries. We find preliminary evidence that the effects of market structure are persistent in the long run. And we find for Russia that capital intensity is negatively related to profitability, suggesting that capital-intensive industries face higher adjustment costs and thus are less profitable after recessionary shocks.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1946.

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Date of creation: Aug 1998
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1946

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Keywords: Competition; Concentration; Market Structure; structure conduct performance; Transition;

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  1. Erik BERGLÖF & Ernst-Ludwig VON THADDEN, 1999. "The Changing Corporate Governance Paradigm : Implications for Transition and Developing Countries," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) 9912, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
  2. Harry Broadman, 2000. "Reducing Structural Dominance and Entry Barriers in Russian Industry," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 155-175, September.
  3. Broadman, Harry G., 2000. "Reducing structural dominance and entry barriers in Russian industry," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2330, The World Bank.
  4. Bessonova, Eugenia, 2010. "Efficiency of Manufacturing in Russia: Effect of Domestic Competition and FDI," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 17(1), pages 106-127.

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