nep-ind New Economics Papers
on Industrial Organization
Issue of 2015‒07‒04
two papers chosen by
Kwang Soo Cheong
Johns Hopkins University

  1. The Economics of Television and Online Video Markets By Crawford, Gregory S
  2. Product Differentiation, Export Participation and Productivity Growth: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturing Firms By Hu, Cui; Tan, Yong

  1. By: Crawford, Gregory S
    Abstract: Television is the dominant entertainment medium for hundreds of millions. This chapter surveys the economic forces that determine the production and consumption of this content. It presents recent trends in television and online video markets, both in the US and internationally, and describes the state of theoretical and empirical research on these industries. A number of distinct themes emerge, including the growing importance of the pay-television sector, the role played by content providers (channels), distributors, and negotiations between them in determining market outcomes, and concerns about the effects of market power throughout this vertical structure. It also covers important but unsettled topics including the purpose for and effects of both the old (Public Service Broadcasters) and the new (online video markets). Open theoretical and empirical research questions are highlighted throughout.
    Keywords: advertising; bargaining; bundling; economics; foreclosure; market power; net neutrality; online video; pay television; public service broadcasting; television
    JEL: C72 D40 L32 L40 L50 L82 L86 M37
    Date: 2015–06
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:10676&r=ind
  2. By: Hu, Cui; Tan, Yong
    Abstract: In this paper, we investigate how the degree of export participation and product differentiation affect firms’ productivity growth through learning-by-exporting. We extend the model of Melitz and Ottaviano (2008) to endogenize the effort firms allocate to learning. This choice depends on both the degree to which firms enter export markets and the extent to which products are differentiated across producers. Using a firm-level dataset from China’s manufacturing industries, we implement propensity score matching methods to test the model’s predictions. Our results indicate that the degree of export participation is positively correlated with TFP improvements. Simultaneously, we empirically verify that firms exporting less differentiated products experience faster TFP growth than those exporting more differentiated products.
    Keywords: Export participation, Product differentiation, TFP, Learning-by-exporting.
    JEL: D24 F1 L1
    Date: 2015–01–27
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:pra:mprapa:65343&r=ind

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