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An Analysis of Industry Concentration in South African Manufacturing, 1972-2001

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  • Johannes Fedderke
  • Dietmar Naumann

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This paper explores the trends in industry concentration of the South African manufacturing industry over the period from 1972 - 2001, with a primary focus on developments post 1996. Across all sectors of the manufacturing industry, concentration is found to have decreased. The analysis of bivariate associations yields several results. Amongst others, sectors which are highly concentrated (as measured by the Rosenbluth index) are more likely to exhibit lower employment growth. This is consistent across all ten census years. This paper also provides support for earlier results that low investment rates can in part be attributed to high levels of concentration.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 26.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:26

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Keywords: Concentration; Manufacturing; South Africa; Investment;

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  1. Willem H. Boshoff, 2013. "Why define markets in competition cases?," Working Papers 10/2013, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
  2. Philippe Aghion & Johannes Fedderke & Peter Howitt & Chandana Kularatne & Nicola Viegi, 2008. "Testing Creative Destruction in an Opening Economy : the Case of the South African Manufacturing Inudstries," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2008-23, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).

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