Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146240
Authors: 
Fedderke, Johannes W.
Obikili, Nonso
Viegi, Nicola
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/40
Abstract: 
This paper uses newly available firm-level tax data to evaluate the market structure in South African manufacturing sectors in the period 2010-12. To describe the market structure we compute markups for South African manufacturing firms and concentration indexes for 4-digit manufacturing sectors. We find both significant markups and significant concentration across most sectors. We compare computed markups and concentration with early estimates in South Africa and with other international benchmark countries. We then examine the market structure based on the concentration, firms' size, and entry and exit dynamics to rule out some potential explanations for relatively high markups. We find that the relationships are not monotonic and point to the importance of specific barriers to entry in explaining the relationship between these three characteristics.
Subjects: 
firm microdata
markup pricing
concentration
manufacturing
South Africa
JEL: 
L11
L13
L60
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-083-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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