Quotation Gschwandtner, Adelina, Hirsch, Stefan. 2011. Profit Persistence in the Food Industry: Evidence from Five European Countries. Research Seminar in Industrial Organization, Vienna University of Economics and Business, 19.05.




The present study is the first that analyzes profit persistence in the European Food Industry. Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are analyzed in terms of food industry profit persistence during the period 1996 to 2008. The results suggest that profits in general tend to converge towards a competitive norm. However, this process seems to be far from completion since a significant number of firms are estimated to earn profits above or below the competitive norm in the long run. The highest degree of profit persistence is found for the UK. Overall the average degree of persistence seems to be considerably lower compared to other manufacturing sectors. Significant positive determinants of profit persistence are industry size, industry growth and contrary to the results for other manufacturing sectors firm size. Significant negative determinants seem to be a firm's age, its risk and, surprisingly, the R&D intensity.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Unpublished lecture
Language English
Title Profit Persistence in the Food Industry: Evidence from Five European Countries
Event Research Seminar in Industrial Organization
Location Vienna University of Economics and Business
Date May 19, 2011


Gschwandtner, Adelina (Former researcher)
Hirsch, Stefan (University of Bonn, Germany)
Institute for Statistics and Mathematics IN (Details)
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