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Competition and Productivity Growth in South Africa

  • Philippe Aghion
  • Matias Braun
  • Johannes Fedderke

Using three different panel data sets, we show: (i) that mark-ups are significantly higher in South African manufacturing industries than they are in corresponding industries worldwide; (ii) that competition policy (i.e a reduction of mark-ups) should have largely positive effects on productivity growth in South Africa.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 54.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:54
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