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The impact of the implementation of the Single Market Programme on productive efficiency and on mark-ups in the European Union manufacturing industry

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  • Jacques-Bernard Sauner-Leroy
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    This paper analyses the evolution of mark-up levels in the European Union (EU) manufacturing industry over the period 1987-2000 and links this evolution with price and cost developments. It provides an assessment of the impact of the completion of the Single Market Programme (SMP) on the productive efficiency and the market power of manufacturing firms and on prices of manufactured products. Results suggest that in the period prior to the completion of the SMP at the end of 1992, mark-ups of EU manufacturing firms deteriorated in line with a fall in prices, but that mark-ups recovered thereafter thanks to the realisation of productive efficiency gains. For society as a whole, there are welfare gains associated with the SMP, insofar as profit margins recovered after the initial shock delivered by the implementation of the SMP, while prices in real terms declined.

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    Paper provided by Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission in its series European Economy - Economic Papers with number 192.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:euf:ecopap:0192

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    Keywords: mark-up levels; manufacturing industry; single market programme; SMP; productive efficiency; Sauner-Leroy;

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