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Strategy, Scale or Policy? Exit in the Australian Car Industry

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  • Matthew P Fleischmann

    (Ratio Consultants)

  • David Prentice

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    (School of Economics, La Trobe University)

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This paper estimates the importance of strategy, scale and policy in determining the pattern of exit in the Australian car industry. Previous studies found only a weak role for strategy in exit from declining industries. Using a new dataset and improvements on the specification used in earlier studies, we find stronger evidence that strategy influences the pattern of exit where economies of scale are less important. Protection is also found to negatively influence the likelihood of exit.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, La Trobe University in its series Working Papers with number 2000.14.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:trb:wpaper:2000.14

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Keywords: Automobile Industry; Strategic Planning; Policy Making;

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  1. Deily, Mary E, 1988. "Investment Activity and the Exit Decision," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 70(4), pages 595-602, November.
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Cited by:
  1. Sanidas, Elias & Jayanthakumaran, Kankesu, 2003. "Trade Reforms and the Survival of the Passenger Motor Vehicle Industry in Australia," Economics Working Papers wp03-10, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
  2. Sanidas, Elias & Jayanthakumaran, Kankesu, 2006. "The Consequences of Trade Liberalisation on the Australian Passenger Motor Vehicle Industry," Economics Working Papers wp06-01, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

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