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Margin rate and the cycle: the role of trade openness

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  • G. Cette
  • R. Lecat
  • A. Ould Ahmed Jiddou

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Using three datasets of French manufacturing firms, this paper studies the role of trade openness, in relation with the cycle, as a determinant of company margin rate. Margin rates increase as capacity utilization tightens (and vice versa), reflecting the procyclicality of margin rates. However, high import rates are limiting this procyclicality: when capacities are tight, domestic producers may not be able to serve demand, but foreign producers may substitute for them if they are already present on the market as reflected by the level of import rates.

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  • G. Cette & R. Lecat & A. Ould Ahmed Jiddou, 2016. "Margin rate and the cycle: the role of trade openness," Working papers 581, Banque de France.
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    Keywords

    margin rates; capacity utilization; cycle; trade openness.;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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