Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/153216
Authors: 
Dobbelaere, Sabien
Mairesse, Jacques
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 782
Abstract: 
Embedding the efficient bargaining model into the Hall (1988) approach for estimating price-cost margins shows that both imperfections in the product and labor markets generate a wedge between factor elasticities in the production function and their corresponding shares in revenue. This article investigates these two sources of discrepancies both at the industry and the firm level using an unbalanced panel of 10646 French firms in 38 manufacturing industries over the period 1978-2001. By estimating standard production functions, we are able to derive estimates of average price-cost mark-up and rent sharing parameters. Our industry-level results indicate that industry differences in these parameters are quite sizeable. To determine the degree of true firm-level heterogeneity, we adopt the Swamy (1970) methodology. The Swamy robust estimates of true dispersion show sizeable within-industry firm heterogeneity. Firm size, capital intensity, distance to the industry technology frontier and investing in R&D seem to account for part of this heterogeneity.
Subjects: 
panel data
price-cost mark-ups
production function
Rent sharing
JEL: 
C33
D21
J51
L13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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