Introduction to concstats
Last updated 2023-12-04Source:
The goal of the
concstats package is to offer a set of alternative and/or additional measures to better determine a given market structure and therefore reduce uncertainty with respect to a given market situation. Various functions or groups of functions are available to achieve the desired goal.
You can install
concstats directly from CRAN or the latest development version from github (requires
Then, load the package.
The following examples use mainly fictitious data to present the functions. However, if you want to test the functionality in more detail, the package comes with a small data set of real Paraguayan credit cooperatives (creditcoops). There are 22 paired observations for real Paraguayan credit cooperatives (with assets > 11 Mio. USD) for 2016 and 2018 with their respective total loans granted. For a better visualization there is an additional column with the transformed total loans. For further information on the data please see the
creditcoops help file. For a practical implementation you might be interested to read the following article.
At the moment, there are the following groups of functions available:
concstats_mstruct() is a wrapper for market structure measures
concstats_inequ() is a wrapper for inequality and diversity measures
concstats_comp() is a wrapper with different concentration measures
concstats_concstats() is a function which calculates a set of pre-selected measures in a one step procedure to get a quick overview of a given market structure
The functions will be presented in more details in the following short step-by-step guide.
We will use a vector which represents market participants with their respective market shares (in decimal form):
The wrapper includes the following arguments to calculate individual functions:
all. You can also pass the additional argument
all, which controls for the number of digits to be printed.
All individual functions can be accessed directly with the prefix “concstats_” (e.g. “concstats_firm” or “concstats_all_mstruct”).
test_share <- c(0.35, 0.4, 0.05, 0.1, 0.06, 0.04, 0, 0) test_share_top5 <- concstats_top5(test_share) # top 5 market share in percentage test_share_top5 #>  96
You should have noticed that the market shares are in decimal form. However, you can use integers or floating point numeric types to express market shares. All
concstats functions will take care of this and convert theses vectors into decimal form. There are eight market participants, however, two have no market shares, by default
concstats treats 0 as NA. The result is a top 5 market share of 96 %.
You can also access each function through their respective argument in the group wrapper:
test_share <- c(0.35, 0.4, 0.05, 0.1, 0.06, 0.04, 0, 0) test_share_top <- concstats_mstruct(test_share, type = "top") # top market share test_share_top #>  40
Or, just calculate all measures of the group wrapper, and store it in a named object.
test_share <- c(0.35, 0.4, 0.05, 0.1, 0.06, 0.04, 0, 0) test_share_mstruct <- concstats_mstruct(test_share, type = "all", digits = 3) test_share_mstruct #> Measure Value #> 1 Firms 6.00 #> 2 Nrs_equivalent 3.33 #> 3 Top (%) 40.00 #> 4 Top3 (%) 85.00 #> 5 Top5 (%) 96.00
The result is a data frame of market structure measures.
The inequality and diversity group has the following arguments:
all. They can also be accessed as individual functions.
The group wrapper for competition measures includes the following arguments to calculate
test_share <- c(0.35, 0.4, 0.05, 0.1, 0.06, 0.04, 0, 0) test_share_hhi <- concstats_hhi(test_share) test_share_hhi #>  0.3002 # a normalized value test_share_hhi2 <- concstats_hhi(test_share, normalized = TRUE) test_share_hhi2 #>  0.16024 # the min average of the hhi test_share_hhi3 <- concstats_comp(test_share, type = "hhi_min") test_share_hhi3 #>  0.1666667
A single function which calculates a set of eight pre-selected measures in a one step procedure for a first overview of a given market structure. The resulting data frame contains eight measures, which are: number of firms with market share, numbers equivalent, the cumulative share of the top (top 3 and top 5) firm(s) in percentage, the hhi index, the entropy index, and the palma ratio.
The scope of the package is to calculate market structure and concentration measures to get a quick and more informed overview of a given market situation. However, it is good practice to visualize your data in an exploratory step or in reporting your results. The package
concstats works fine with other Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) packages or data visualization packages e.g.
ggplot2 to name a few.
Some examples on how you can accomplish this. Let us assume one would like to use the group measure for e.g. market structure, and keep the resulting data frame. We can refine the table using
kableExtra which works nice with
This time, we will use our
creditcoops data set again, which comes with the package.
You will need the following two packages. Make sure you have these packages installed.
Now, we will filter out data for the year 2016.
coops_2016 <- creditcoops %>% dplyr::filter(year == 2016) head(coops_2016) coops_2016 <- coops_2016[["total_loans"]] # atomic vector of total loans coops_2016 <- coops_2016 / sum(coops_2016) # market shares in decimal form # We then use the new object `coops_2016` to calculate the market structure # measures as a group in a one-step-procedure and capture the results in a # printed table: coops_2016_mstruct <- concstats_mstruct(coops_2016, type = "all", digits = 2) coops_2016_mstruct_tab <- coops_2016_mstruct %>% kableExtra::kbl(caption = "Market structure 2016", digits = 2, booktabs = TRUE, align = "r") %>% kableExtra::kable_classic(full_width = FALSE, html_font = "Arial") coops_2016_mstruct_tab
The result is a nice reusable table.
Now, let’s go a step further. We will compare the two samples for 2016 and 2018. For this purpose, we will select from our
creditcoops data set the relevant columns (coop_id, year, paired, and total_loans_log) and make a new data frame.
Make sure you have the
ggplot2 package installed. Load the package.
library(ggplot2) # Data Visualizations Using the Grammar of Graphics df_shares_plot <- df_shares %>% ggplot(aes(year, total_loans_log, fill = year)) + geom_boxplot() + geom_point() + geom_line(aes(group = paired)) + labs(title = "Credit cooperatives (type A)", y = "Total loans (log)", caption = "Source: Andreas Schneider with data from INCOOP") + theme(legend.position = "none") df_shares_plot
Having a look a the output, we see a box plot with paired values of the cooperatives and the evolution of their respective total loans over time for the two sample years 2016 and 2018.