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Productivity Dispersion and Plant Selection in the Ready-Mix Concrete Industry

Allan Collard-Wexler ()

Working Papers from U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies

Abstract: This paper presents a quantitative model of productivity dispersion to explain why inefficient producers are slowly selected out of the ready-mix concrete industry. Measured productivity dispersion between the 10th and 90th percentile falls from a 4 to 1 difference using OLS, to a 2 to 1 difference using a control function. Due to volatile productivity and high sunk entry costs, a dynamic oligopoly model shows that to rationalize small gaps in exit rates between high and low productivity plants, a plant in the top quintile must produce 1.5 times more than a plant in the bottom quintile.

JEL-codes: D24 L13 L6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 58 pages
Date: 2011-09
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