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Service deregulation, competition and the performance of French and Italian firms

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  • Francesco Daveri
  • Rèmy Lecat
  • Maria Laura Parisi

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We use firm-level data for France and Italy to explore the impact of service regulation reform implemented in the two countries on the mark-up and eventually on the performance of firms between the second half of the 1990s and 2007. We find that the relation between entry barriers and productivity is negative and is crucially intermediated through the firm’s mark up. If both countries adopted OECD’s best practices in terms of entry barriers, their TFP level would increase by 3% for Italy and 3.5% for France.

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Paper provided by Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance in its series Working Papers with number 3.

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Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:itt:wpaper:2013-3

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