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Market Power in Australian Manufacturing Industry: A Confirmation of Hall's Hypothesis


  • Kaludura Abayasiri-Silva


Robert Hall (1986, 1988, and 1990) has emphasised the importance of imperfect competition and economies of scale in explaining procyclical movements in measured total factor productivity in US industries. In contrast to the labour hoarding hypothesis and real business cycle theorists, he cites the observed procyclical movement in total factor productivity in US industries as evidence against perfect competition, revealing that prices substantially exceed marginal costs. Following the work of Hall (1986, 1988 and 1990), his paper investigates whether the procyclical movements in total productivity in Australian manufacturing industries provide some evidence for a particular type of market structure. The main contribution of this paper is the provision of a formal explanation for the difference between the estimated markup ratios and returns to scale by using value added data and gross output data, as highlighted in the work of Domowitz, Hubbard and Peterson (1988), Norrbin (1993) and Basu and Fernald (1995, 1997). Our formal explanation shows that, with the use of value added data, the estimated Solow residual (and hence the markup ratios) are almost twice as large as those obtained with gross output data, because of the two different production functions involved in estimating the Solow residual. Moreover, the main results of the paper, based on the value added data, indicate that the price of most Australian manufacturing industries exceeds their marginal costs, as in the case of the US industries. The highest markup ratios are reported by the chemical and the iron and steel industries. The results also provide evidence that the textile, non-mineral products, other transport and photographic and scientific industries behave as competitive industries.

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  • Kaludura Abayasiri-Silva, 1999. "Market Power in Australian Manufacturing Industry: A Confirmation of Hall's Hypothesis," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-132, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:cop:wpaper:g-132

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    1. Salman Ahmad & Attiya Yasmin Javid, 2015. "Analysing the Price Cost Markup and Its Behaviour over the Business Cycles in Case of Manufacturing Industries of Pakistan," PIDE-Working Papers 2015:117, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
    2. Roberto Roson, 2006. "Introducing Imperfect Competition in CGE Models: Technical Aspects and Implications," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 28(1), pages 29-49, August.
    3. Anthony Rezitis & Maria Kalantzi, 2011. "Investigating Market Structure of the Greek Manufacturing Industry: A Hall-Roeger Approach," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 39(4), pages 383-400, December.
    4. Rezitis, Anthony N., 2010. "Evaluating the state of competition of the Greek banking industry," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 20(1), pages 68-90, February.
    5. Anthony N. Rezitis & Maria A. Kalantzi, 2016. "Evaluating the state of competition and the welfare losses in the Greek manufacturing sector: an extended Hall–Roeger approach," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 50(4), pages 1275-1302, June.

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    Market structure; total factor productivity; economies of scale; imperfect competition;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets


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