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Empirical Tools and Competition Analysis: Past Progress and Current Problems

Ariel Pakes

NBER Working Paper No. 22086
Issued in March 2016
NBER Program(s):   IO

I review a subset of the empirical tools available for competition analysis. The tools discussed are those needed for the empirical analysis of; demand, production efficiency, product repositioning, and the evolution of market structure. Where relevant I start with a brief review of tools developed in the 1990’s that have recently been incorporated into the analysis of actual policy. The focus is on providing an overview of new developments; both those that are easy to implement, and those that are not quite at that stage yet show promise.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22086

Published: Ariel Pakes, 2016. "Empirical Tools and Competition Analysis: Past Progress and Current Problems," International Journal of Industrial Organization, .

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