Market Power And Fiscal Policy In OECD Countries

The authors compute average mark-ups as a measure of market power throughout time and study their interaction with fiscal policy and macroeconomic variables in a VAR framework. From impulse-response functions the results, with annual data for a set of 14 OECD countries covering the period 1970-2007, show that the mark-up depicts a pro-cyclical behaviour with productivity shocks and a mildly counter-cyclical behaviour with fiscal spending shocks. They also use a Panel Vector Auto-Regression analysis, increasing the efficiency in the estimations, which confirms the country-specific results.

Provided by: European Central Bank Topic: CXO Date Added: Apr 2010 Format: PDF

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