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Market Power in Regional Retail Gasoline Markets? An Empirical Analysis / Marktmacht auf regionalen Märkten. Eine empirische Analyse am Beispiel des Kraftstoffmarktes in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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  • Drescher Klaus

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, D-24118 Kiel/Germany)

  • McNamara Kevin

    () (Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1145 Krannert Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1145/USA)

Abstract

This article discusses the relationship between gasoline prices and market structure. A Cournot model was used to test if national oil companies have local market power. The commonly held belief that national oil companies in Germany excercise market power was not empirically supported despite high national and regional concentration rates in the gasoline retail market. However, a further concentration of gas stations might lead to a change of the results in the future.

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  • Drescher Klaus & McNamara Kevin, 2001. "Market Power in Regional Retail Gasoline Markets? An Empirical Analysis / Marktmacht auf regionalen Märkten. Eine empirische Analyse am Beispiel des Kraftstoffmarktes in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 221(1), pages 1-13, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:221:y:2001:i:1:p:1-13
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