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Markets and the non-monotonic relation between productivity and establishment size

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  • Sasan Bakhtiari

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A model of monopolistic competition is presented in which the relation between the productivity and input size of producers is non-monotonic and bell-shaped. The model predicts that markets matter and the average size of the producers is directly scaled by the size of the market. An indirect effect increases the cutoff productivity, making the bell narrower in larger markets or when the transportation cost falls. Empirical evidence from the concrete industry and a few other 4-digit industries supports the model's predictions. The bell-shaped relation has especially important implications on how size distributions are formed across localized versus globalized market industries.

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  • Sasan Bakhtiari, 2012. "Markets and the non-monotonic relation between productivity and establishment size," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 45(1), pages 345-372, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:45:y:2012:i:1:p:345-372
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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L61 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics

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