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An Empirical Analysis of Mark-ups in the Argentine Manufacturing Sector

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  • Irene Brambilla
  • Darío Tortarolo

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In this paper, we estimate mark-ups with plant level production data for Argentina from a structural model of cost-minimizing producers, as proposed by De Loecker and Warzynski (2012). We explore systematic differences across industries and plants. Our main findings are that mark-ups are higher in capital-intensive industries, and for plants that are more productive, larger, and more capital-intensive. Our findings are consistent with theories that predict larger mark-ups for more efficient firms and for higher quality products.

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  • Irene Brambilla & Darío Tortarolo, 2014. "An Empirical Analysis of Mark-ups in the Argentine Manufacturing Sector," Department of Economics, Working Papers 104, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
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    Mark-ups; Productivity; Argentina.;
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    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • L6 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing

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