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The Causes of Profit Heterogeneity in Large Australian Firms

Andreas Stierwald
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Andreas Stierwald: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to investigate the causes of heterogeneity in firm performance. In particular, the study decomposes unobserved heterogeneity in profitability into firm and industry effects and quantifies the relative importance of both these effects. For a sample of large Australian firms for the period 1995-2005, the estimation results indicate that almost two thirds of the heterogeneity can be explained by differences across firms, and that industry effects are of much less importance. Another result is that the level of total factor productivity, as a component of firm effects, significantly enhances profitability, but also that this relationship is not identical among firms.

Keywords: firm performance; determinants of profit; multi-level analysis; firm effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D24 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2010-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec and nep-eff
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