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Vertical relations and local competition: an empirical approach

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  • Jordi Perdiguero

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

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The analysis of vertical industry relations forms an essential element in the field of industrial organization. This paper tests hypotheses derived from transaction cost theory and the principal-agent problem in Chile’s petrol market. It shows that local competition plays an important role in the choice of a “disintegrated” vertical structure, and that low levels of service investment have the same effect. Conversely, the number of own-brand outlets and a high level of investment in services reduce the probability of disintegration. The paper demonstrates that vertical disintegration has a null effect on wholesale petrol prices and a positive effect on retail petrol prices of between 1.6 and 7 per cent, depending on fuel type.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 201124.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
Date of revision: Dec 2011
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:201124

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Keywords: Vertical structure; local competition; petrol market; services and prices JEL classification:L11; L22; L42;

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  1. Jordi López-Tamayo & Vicente Royuela & Jordi Suriñach, 2012. "“Building a “quality in work” index in Spain”," IREA Working Papers 201206, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Feb 2012.
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  4. Jordi Perdiguero & Juan Luis Jiménez, 2012. "“Policy options for the promotion of electric vehicles: a review”," IREA Working Papers 201208, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Mar 2012.
  5. Daniel Albalate, 2012. "“The Institutional, Economic and Social Determinants of Local Government Transparency”," IREA Working Papers 201210, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised May 2012.
  6. Jaume Belles-Sampera & José M. Merigó & Montserrat Guillén & Miguel Santolino, 2012. "The connection between distortion risk measures and ordered weighted averaging operators," IREA Working Papers 201201, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Jan 2012.
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