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Capital quasi-fixity and the estimation of markups

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    The treatment of capital costs, as either fixed or variable is a key for estimating markups. Data leans clearly towards fixity, which explains the high markups emphasized in previous studies based on Roeger's methodology. Direct estimation from the ratio of output over variable costs is preferable.

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    Paper provided by Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1) in its series Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques with number bla05005.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:mse:wpsorb:bla05005

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    Keywords: Markups; capital fixity; imperfect competition.;

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    1. Basu, S., 1993. "Intermediate Goods and Business Cycles: Implications for Productivity and Welfare," Papers 93-23, Michigan - Center for Research on Economic & Social Theory.
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    3. Robert E. Hall, 1986. "Market Structure and Macroeconomic Fluctuations," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 17(2), pages 285-338.
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