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The Determinants of Firm Profitability in Australian Manufacturing


McDonald, JT, The Determinants of Firm Profitability in Australian Manufacturing, The Economic Record, 75, (229) pp. 115-126. ISSN 0013-0249 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1475-4932.1999.tb02440.x


This study provides new evidence on the determinants of the profitability of Australian manufacturing firms by analyzing a unique firm-level data set of firm performance over the period 1984-93. The panel nature of the data permits the estimation of dynamic profitability models over the business cycle, to test both the persistence and cyclicality of firm profitability. Econometric results suggest that lagged profitability is a significant determinant of current profit margins, and that industry concentration is positively related to firm profit margins. Also, profit margins are found to be procyclical in concentrated industries but counter-cyclical in less concentrated industries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Industry economics and industrial organisation
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Industry costs and structure
UTAS Author:McDonald, JT (Mr Ted McDonald)
ID Code:17490
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-04

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