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Mark-Up Pricing in Bulgarian Manufacturing

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  • Rumen Dobrinsky
  • Boyko Nikolov
  • Nikolay Markov

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The pricing policy of Bulgarian manufacturing firms is analysed in the paper in the context of the theory of the price-setting behaviour of firms endowed with market power, and more specifically, using the notion of mark-up pricing. Using some recent derivations in the literature, we estimate mark-up ratios for Bulgarian manufacturing sectors at the NACE 2-digit and NACE 3-digit levels. The estimated mark-ups are then tested against a set of variables measuring the degree of competitive pressure on a sectoral level.

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  • Rumen Dobrinsky & Boyko Nikolov & Nikolay Markov, 2001. "Mark-Up Pricing in Bulgarian Manufacturing," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 389, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2001-389
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    1. Rumen Dobrinsky & Gabor Korosi & Nikolay Markov & Laszlo Halpern, 2004. "Firms’ Price Markups and Returns to Scale in Imperfect Markets - Bulgaria and Hungary," IEHAS Discussion Papers 0412, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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    Keywords

    mark-up pricing; competetive pressure; enterprise restructuring and adjustment; Bulgaria;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity

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