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Profits in the Long Run - Dennis C. Mueller

Profits in the Long Run

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1986
ISBN: 9780521306935
Number Of Pages: 396

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Profits in the Long Run asks two questions: Are there persistent differences in profitability across firms? If so, what accounts for them? This book answers these questions using data for the 1000 largest US manufacturing firms in 1950 and 1972. It finds that there are persistent differences in profitability and market power across large US companies. Companies with persistently high profits are found to have high market shares and sell differentiated products. Mergers do not result in synergistic increases in profitability, but they do have an averaging effect. Companies with above normal profits have their profits lowered by mergers. Companies with initially below normal profits have them raised. In addition, the influence of other variables on long-run profitability, including risk, sales, diversification, growth and managerial control, is explored. The implications of antitrust policy are likewise addressed.

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"This book reaffirms much of the core of mainstream industrial organization and thus is an important work for readers of this Review...The book presents a wealth of econometric results, using a variety of econometric methods...Mueller is, in all this, uncompromisingly objective and technically proficient. The book bristles with interesting research methods, some of them quite imaginative and all of them as strong as the data and current knowledge permit...Professor Mueller has raised here a number of other exciting issues that can't be covered in this brief review but all of them add to the importance and originality of this study. This book belongs on the desk of every specialist in industrial organization and others who're involved in the making of antitrust policy." Antitrust Law and Economics Review

Acknowledgments
The persistence of firms
The persistence of profits above the norm
The persistence of market power
Profitability and market structure
The results in perspective
Profitability and the firm's own advertising, patent activity, risk, and other characteristics
Profitability and managerial control and compensation
Mergers and profitability
Mergers and market share
The threads gathered and conclusions woven
Appendices
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521306935
ISBN-10: 0521306930
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 30th April 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75

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