Concentration, Entry Barriers and Profitability in the Indian Industries: An Empirical Analysis
Anup Kumar Bhandari
Journal of Quantitative Economics, 2010, vol. 8, issue 2, 61-80
The conventional Structure-Conduct-Performance (S-C-P) paradigm is examined for the industrial sector in India. Empirical results obtained through panel data econometric analysis suggest that the S-C-P paradigm is tenable for the Indian industries, with concentration and a number of entry-barrier variables like R&D intensity and degree of vertical integration providing significant explanation for variation in rates of return across Indian industries. Advertising intensity, usually used to capture the effects of entry barrier as well as product differentiation on differences in profitability across industries, is also found to be important.
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