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Cyclical and Competitive Influences on Pricing in Australian Manufacturing

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  • HARRY BLOCH
  • MICHAEL OLIVE

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Dynamic pricing equations are estimated using an error correction model, with data on a panel of 89 Australian manufacturing industries for the 14 years, 1971172 through 1984/85. The overall pattern is consistent with prices approximately following a fixed mark‐up rule in low concentration industries, while the mark‐up factor in high concentration industries is strongly pro‐cyclical. Also, in high concentration industries that are heavily exposed to import competition, the mark‐up factor increases with prices of foreign competing products and with the general price level for domestic manufactures.

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  • Harry Bloch & Michael Olive, 1999. "Cyclical and Competitive Influences on Pricing in Australian Manufacturing," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 75(3), pages 268-279, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:75:y:1999:i:3:p:268-279
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.1999.tb02455.x
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