Empirical Tools and Competition Analysis: Past Progress and Current Problems

33 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2016

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Ariel Pakes

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Harvard University - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Pakes, Ariel, Empirical Tools and Competition Analysis: Past Progress and Current Problems (March 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22086. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2747206

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