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Micro and macro indicators of competition: comparison and relation with productivity change

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  • Polder, Michael
  • Veldhuizen, Erik
  • Bergen, Dirk van den
  • Pijll, Eugène van der

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This paper investigates competition in the Dutch manufacturing sector. We look at various indicators that have been used throughout the literature and relate these to productivity growth. Moreover, where possible, the indicators and productivity growth are calculated at both the firm and industry level. This enables us to investigate differences in competition and in its relation with productivity for both aggregation levels. Our results indicate that contemporaneous competition is associated with lower productivity, while lagged competition is positively associated with productivity. This finding is consistent between micro and macro, and robust over the various indicators and industries. The results are consistent with the idea that firms first experience negative effects of changes in competition and need time to adjust, while in the period after adjustment productivity rises again.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 18898.

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Keywords: competition; productivity change; growth accounts; Production Statistics; micro-macro;

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  1. Ana Cristina Soares & João Amador, 2012. "Competition in the Portuguese Economy:An overview of classical indicators," Working Papers, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department w201208, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  2. João Amador & Ana Cristina Soares, 2012. "Competition in the Portuguese Economy: Insights from a profit elasticity approach," Working Papers, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department w201217, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  3. Michael Polder & Erik Veldhuizen, 2012. "Innovation and Competition in the Netherlands: Testing the Inverted-U for Industries and Firms," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 67-91, March.
  4. João Amador & Ana Cristina Soares, 2012. "Measuring competition in the Portuguese economy using profit elasticities," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.

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