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Market Structure: Concentration and Imports as Determinants of Industry Margins

  • Alejandro Castañeda Sabido

    (El Colegio de México)

  • David Mulato

    (Universidad Torcuato di Tella)

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    The paper analyzes the determinants of price-cost margins following traditional industrial organization approaches. The price-cost margins are made function of the concentration index, and the degree of import penetration. We find that imports act as a market disciplining device that reduces the price-cost margins of the domestic industry. After trade liberalization, the impact of concentration diminishes. Controlling for cyclical behavior of the price-cost margins the paper shows that cross-section studies tend to bias the estimates. A distinction between durables and non-durables is made, finding strong evidence for concentration to affect the price-cost margins of durables.

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    Article provided by El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos in its journal Estudios Económicos.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 177-202

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    Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:21:y:2006:i:2:p:177-202
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