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Modeling the competitive process

  • Robert Jacobson

    (School of Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)

  • Gary Hansen

    (School of Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)

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    Understanding the behavior of markets requires understanding not just the level of return but also its dynamics. The speed at which abnormal returns dissipate is one useful indicator of the competitive process. We model for US and Japanese firms the process of competition as reflected in the persistence of abnormal returns. While we find a similar aggregate distribution of firm persistence in both countries, we observe cross-national differences manifesting themselves in terms of inter-country differences in industry persistence. We find that both industry- and firm-specific factors influence firm persistence. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 4-5 ()
    Pages: 251-263

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:22:y:2001:i:4-5:p:251-263
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