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Impact of competition and business cycles on the behaviour of monopolistic markups in the Polish economy

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  • Hagemejer, Jan
  • Gradzewicz, Michal

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The aim of this study is to analyse the impact of competition, both internal and external, and of the business cycle on monopolistic markups in the Polish economy. The results show that there are significant markups in several sectors of the economy which complies with earlier estimations by the authors. According to the estimations carried out, competition has a significant impact on the level of markups. This result applies both to internal competition, measured by market concentration, and foreign competition, measured by import penetration ratios. In addition, there was a significant negative correlation between markups and the macroeconomic cycle which seems to confirm the conclusions from numerous theoretical macro and microeconomic models. The results also point to a positive but less clear correlation between the sectoral cycle and the level of markups. A different reaction of markups to the sectoral and macroeconomic cycles may result from a different nature of adjustments of businesses in reaction to exogenous shocks affecting either the sectoral or the macroeconomic environment of the enterprises.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 15759.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:15759

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Keywords: markups; microeconometrics; microeconomics; monopoly power;

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  1. Joaquim Oliveira Martins & Stefano Scarpetta, 1999. "The Levels and Cyclical Behaviour of Mark-ups Across Countries and Market Structures," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 213, OECD Publishing.
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  1. Katarzyna Budnik & Michal Greszta & Michal Hulej & Marcin Kolasa & Karol Murawski & Michal Rot & Bartosz Rybaczyk & Magdalena Tarnicka, 2009. "The new macroeconometric model of the Polish economy," National Bank of Poland Working Papers, National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute 62, National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute.
  2. Martin Feldkircher & Reiner Martin & Julia Wörz, 2010. "Measuring Competition in CESEE: Stylized Facts and Determinants across Countries and Sectors," Focus on European Economic Integration, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 3, pages 38-62.

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