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Competition Policy and Productivity Growth: An Empirical Assessment

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Paolo Buccirossi, Lorenzo Ciari, Tomaso Duso, Giancarlo Spagnolo, Cristiana Vitale

In: The Review of Economics and Statistics 95 (2013), 4, S. 1324-1336


This paper estimates the impact of competition policy on total factor productivity (TFP) growth for 22 industries in 12 OECD countries over 1995-2005. We find a positive and significanteffect of competition policy as measured by newly created indexes. We provide results based on instrumental variables estimators and heterogeneous effects to support the causal nature of the established link. The effect is particularly strong for specific aspects of competition policy related to its institutional set up and antitrust activities. It is also strengthened by good legal systems, suggesting complementarities between competition policy and the efficiency of law enforcement institutions.

Tomaso Duso

Head of Department in the Firms and Markets Department

JEL-Classification: L4;K21;O4;C23