The Rise of Market Power and the Macroeconomic Implications

@article{Loecker2017TheRO,
  title={The Rise of Market Power and the Macroeconomic Implications},
  author={Jan De Loecker and Jan Eeckhout},
  journal={Microeconomics: Production},
  year={2017}
}
We document the evolution of markups based on firm-level data for the US economy since 1950. Initially, markups are stable, even slightly decreasing. In 1980, average markups start to rise from 18% above marginal cost to 67% now. There is no strong pattern across industries, though markups tend to be higher, across all sectors of the economy, in smaller firms and most of the increase is due to an increase within industry. We do see a notable change in the distribution of markups with the… Expand
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