Squeezing the last drop out of your suppliers: an empirical study of market-based purchasing policies for generic pharmaceuticals
2017 (English)In: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, ISSN 0305-9049, E-ISSN 1468-0084Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
We study the effect of the degree of exclusivity for the lowest bidder on the average price of generic pharmaceuticals in the short and long terms. Our results indicate that a 1-percentage-point gain in market share of the lowest bidder reduces average costs by 0.2% in the short term and 0.8% in the long term, but also reduces the number of firms by 1%. We find that reducing the number of firms has a strong positive (and hence counteracting) effect on average prices, a 1% reduction raising prices by approximately 1%.
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Pharmaceutical industry, generic competition, generic drugs, brand-name drugs
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131627DiVA: diva2:1075219
FunderSwedish Competition Authority