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Competition and performance: The different roles of capital and labor

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  • ten Raa, Thijs
  • Mohnen, Pierre

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Neoclassical economists argue that competition promotes efficiency, but Schumpeter argues that it is monopoly rents that help entrepreneurs to invest in R&D. We investigate the overall effect of competition on total factor productivity growth (TFP) growth. We use rent, defined as the factor reward above its perfectly competitive value, as a negative measure of competition. Our main finding is that performance is positively associated with rents on capital but not with rents on labor. Neoclassical economists and Schumpeter may both be right, but the mechanisms differ.

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  • ten Raa, Thijs & Mohnen, Pierre, 2008. "Competition and performance: The different roles of capital and labor," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 65(3-4), pages 573-584, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:65:y:2008:i:3-4:p:573-584
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    1. Fischer, Justina A.V., 2012. "Globalization and Political Trust," Papers 285, World Trade Institute.
    2. Fischer, Justina A.V., 2012. "The choice of domestic policies in a globalized economy," Papers 306, World Trade Institute.
    3. Antonio Amores & Thijs ten Raa, 2014. "Firm efficiency, industry performance and the economy: three-way decomposition with an application to Andalusia," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 25-34, August.
    4. Wang, Vey & Lai, Chung-Hui, 2011. "Franchise fee, competition and economic growth," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 2090-2099, September.
    5. Thomas Strobel, 2012. "New evidence on the sources of EU countries’ productivity growth—industry growth differences from R&D and competition," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 39(3), pages 293-325, August.
    6. Fischer, Justina A.V., 2012. "The choice of domestic policies in a globalized economy: Extended Version," MPRA Paper 37816, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • C67 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Input-Output Models

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