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Food Prices and Market Structure in Sweden

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  • Asplund, Marcus
  • Friberg, Richard

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This paper examines retail grocery price levels across a large panel of stores in Sweden. We explain price variation across stores by market structure variables to capture differences in competition intensity and a number of store and region-specific factors. Most of the explained variation in prices can be attributed to store-specific factors such as size and chain affiliation. Overall, the relation between market structure variables and food prices is weak, and effects are small in percentage terms. Nevertheless, higher local concentration of stores, higher regional wholesaler concentration and a lower market share of large stores are all correlated with higher prices. Copyright 2002 by The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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Volume (Year): 104 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 547-66

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:104:y:2002:i:4:p:547-66

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  2. Jiri Podpiera & Marie Rakova, 2008. "The Price Effects of an Emerging Retail Market," Working Papers, Czech National Bank, Research Department 2008/6, Czech National Bank, Research Department.
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  8. Luis Orea, 2010. "The effect of legal barriers to entry in the Spanish retail market: a local market approach," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, IEF, vol. 193(2), pages 49-74, June.
  9. Loreto Lira & Magdalena Ugarte & Rodrigo Vergara., 2008. "Prices and Market Structure: An Empirical Analysis of the Supermarket Industry in Chile," Documentos de Trabajo, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 346, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
  10. Eliana Viviano & Luciana Aimone Gigio & Emanuela Ciapanna & Daniele Coin & Fabrizio Colonna & Federica Lagna & Raffaele Santioni, 2012. "The retail trade sector and the food industry in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 119, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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