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Capital quasi-fixity and the estimation of markups

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The treatment of capital costs, as either fixed or variable is a key for estimating markups. Data leans clearly towards fixity, which explains the high markups emphasized in previous studies based on Roeger's methodology. Direct estimation from the ratio of output over variable costs is preferable.

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  • Hervé Boulhol, 2004. "Capital quasi-fixity and the estimation of markups," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques bla05005, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
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    1. Basu, Susanto, 1995. "Intermediate Goods and Business Cycles: Implications for Productivity and Welfare," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 85(3), pages 512-531, June.
    2. Hervé Boulhol, 2005. "Pro-competitive policies and the convergence of markups," Cahiers de la Maison des Sciences Economiques bla05019, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1).
    3. Hindriks, F.A. & Nieuwenhuijsen, H.R. & de Wit, G., 2000. "Comparative Advantages in Estimating Markups," Papers 0003/e, NEUHUYS - RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM.
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    Markups; capital fixity; imperfect competition.;

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    • 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
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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