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Assessing the Competitive Behaviour of Firms in the Single Market: A Micro-based Approach

Author(s): Carlo Altomonte, Marcella Nicolini, Armando Rungi, Laura Ogliari

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This Report analyses and compares a number of indicators related to the evolution of the competitive behaviour of firms in the Single Market, from 1999 to 2007, in a selected number of both manufacturing and services industries and eight EU countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden. A novelty of the approach is that the analysis is derived from firm-level observable data, which allow to grasp not only information on the average changes taking place in each industry and across countries, but also the distribution and sources of these changes in terms of individual firms' pricing behaviour and market shares, an information which is impossible to gather in detail from aggregate, traditional sector-level measures

(European Economy. Economic Papers 409. May 2010. Brussels. PDF. 61pp. Tab. Graph. Bibliogr. Free.)

KC-AI-10-409-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-14895-8 (online)
ISSN 1725-3187 (online)
doi: 10.2765/41054 (online)

JEL classification: L11

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.

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