We analyse the evolution of French mark-ups and their determinants in manufacturing industries from 1986 to 2004, using an extended version of Roeger's specification. With a value of 13.8%, French mark-ups in manufacturing are found to be slightly above those found by Görg and Warzynski (2006) in UK manufacturing. Over the period, French mark-ups have gone down by 4 to 5%. We interpret this as being the pro-competitive consequences of European integration. We also find that the implementation of the Euro in 2002 has been associated with an increase of mark-up by 2%. French mark-ups are contra-cyclical and depend upon openness to international trade, industry concentration. These stylised facts must not conceal the fact that sectors are highly heterogeneous, where price determination by firms is highly sector specific.
Observatoire Francais Des Conjonctures Economiques. Revue, 2009, Vol 108, Issue 1, p. 139-163
Mark-ups; Competition; European integration; Industrial structures; International trade