The Dynamics of Industrial Competition: A North American Perspective

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Overview

The Dynamics of Industrial Competition describes the internal dynamics of industries using new and unique longitudinal data that make it possible to track firms over time. It provides a comprehensive picture of a number of aspects of firm turnover in North America that arise from the competitive process - the entry and the exit of firms, the growth and the decline of incumbent firms, and the merger process. Instantaneous and cumulative measures of market dynamics are provided. Since the forces contributing to competition are varied and industries are affected by heterogeneous forces, different aspects of firm turnover are considered in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the competitive process. Entry is divided into that portion coming from the creation of new plants and that portion arising from the acquisition of existing firms. Differences are drawn between the effects of related and unrelated acquisitions and between the effects of take-overs made by domestic and foreign firms. Differences between large- and small-firm activity are also investigated. The effects of turnover on productivity, efficiency, wage rates, and profitability are extensively model led. Using various measures of firm turnover to proxy the amount of competition, the study examines and contextualizes the relationship between industry performance and the intensity of the competitive process.
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"...this pathbreaking study...sets out a new and compelling research agenda for understanding and analyzing industrial competition...." Journal of Economic Literature

"...this pathbreaking study...sets out a new and compelling research agenda for understanding and analyzing industrial competition....By capturing the competitive process of firms and industries in motion, the author provides a new view of the organization of industries that boldly challenges the traditional view of static and stable industrial organization. Rather, Baldwin argues and compiles compelling evidence suggesting that change is the rule and stability the exception....John Baldwin has paved the way for future researchers..." Journal of Economic Litertature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521633574
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The dynamics of competition 1
2 Greenfield entry and closedown exit 8
3 Entry, exit, and the merger process 30
4 The rise and fall of incumbents 61
5 Patterns of large- and small-firm mobility 82
6 Plant turnover in Canada and the United States 119
7 Measures of market structure and the intensity of competition 153
8 The relationship between mobility and concentration 176
9 Turnover and productivity growth 208
10 Merger success 239
11 Turnover in domestic and foreign enterprises 263
12 Industry efficiency and firm turnover in the Canadian manufacturing sector 298
13 Firm turnover and profitability 328
14 Modelling entry 360
15 Conclusion 380
Appendix A: Measuring firm turnover - methodology 399
Appendix B: Definition of concentration and mobility measures 417
Notes 425
References 445
Author index 459
Subject index 463
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