Recent Submissions

  • Interfirm competition, intrafirm cannibalisation and product exit in the market for computer hard disk drives 

    Ruebeck, Christopher S. (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    Intrafirm ?cannibalisation? of a product?s demand by the firm?s own products is found to have a more robust and significant relationship to the probability of its withdrawal than does interfirm competition from other ...
  • The impact of structural and contractual arrangements on a vertically separated railway 

    Affuso, Luisa; Newbery, David (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    The unbundling of railways in Britain has been heavily criticised as undermining the passenger rail system. Economic theory suggests that structural separation and short-lived contracts hinder incentives to invest in ...
  • Time dependent efficiency of free trade agreements: the case of Slovenia and the CEFTA agreement 

    Damijan, Joze P.; Masten, Igor (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    In international trade literature there is a common feature that the abolishment of barriers to trade leads to direct expansion of trade flows. Many empirical studies that simulate welfare effects of trade liberalisation ...
  • Endogenous sunk costs in the market for mobile telecommunications: the role of licence fees 

    Gruber, Harald (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    An oligopoly model with endogenous sunk costs illustrates the trade off between ex ante extraction of oligopoly rents and market entry of firms in the mobile telecommunications industry. Competitive bidding for radio ...
  • Foreign ownership and wages in British establishments 

    Velde, Dirk Willem te (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    This paper uses the 1990-1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS) panel data set to show that foreign establishments in Britain pay 13 per cent higher wages than domestic establishments. However, the differential ...
  • Regulating unbundled network utilities 

    Newbery, David M. (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    The new conventional wisdom is that network utilities should be unbundled, with the potentially competitive segments under separate ownership from the natural monopoly network. Regulation should provide the same incentives ...
  • Portfolio effects and firm size distribution: carbonated soft drinks 

    Walsh, Patrick Paul; Whelan, Ciara (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    We use rich brand level retail data to demonstrate that the firm size distribution in Carbonated Soft Drinks is mainly an outcome of the degree to which firms own a portfolio of brands across segments of the market, and ...
  • The effect of technology choice on automobile assembly plant productivity 

    Van Biesebroeck, Johannes (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    Productivity growth is usually represented by a continuous shift of the production or cost function. In the automobile industry, there is evidence of a more discrete change in the technology. I estimate a structural model ...
  • Neither lucky nor good: the case of electricity deregulation in California 

    Martinek, Jason P.; Orlando, Michael J. (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    We present an integrated summary of the various factors that contributed to shortages of electrical power in California in 2000. Several necessary conditions for the crisis are identified. We conclude that a sufficient ...
  • Why are productivity and wages higher in foreign firms? 

    Girma, Sourafel; Thompson, Steve; Wright, Peter W. (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    This paper uses a panel data framework to examine whether foreign firms in the UK have higher levels of productivity and set higher wage rates than domestic ones ceteris paribus, or whether this is due to unmeasured ...
  • The colour of the cats 

    Li, David D.; Wu, Changqi (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    China has experimented with two strategies of reform of its state-owned enterprises (SOE). One is diversification of SOEs? ownership through introducing non-state sources of investment. Another is to improve the management ...
  • Entry in independent submarkets: an application to the Spanish retail banking market 

    De Juan, Rebeca (Economic & Social Research InstituteDublin, 2002)
    This paper is aimed at the analysis of the banks? decisions to open branches in submarkets and, in particular, to test if these decisions can be considered mainly determined by what is happening in each submarket, irrespective ...

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