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Dutch retail trade on the rise? Relation between competition, innovation and productivity

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  • Harold Creusen

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  • Björn Vroomen
  • Henry van der Wiel

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  • Fred Kuypers

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The Dutch retail trade demonstrated a relatively meagre performance in terms of productivity (growth) during the 1990s, especially seen from an international perspective. This study analyses the productivity performance of the Dutch retail trade in more detail, and focuses on competition and innovation as two main drivers of productivity growth. More precisely, it takes the mutual relationship between competition, innovation and productivity explicitly into account. Between 1993 and 2002 changes in competition varied substantially within the retail trade. However, on average competition slightly declined. Furthermore, only a few firms in the Dutch retail trade innovate. Regression analysis reveals that both competition and innovation enhance productivity growth directly. Further, fiercer competition induces more innovation, and consequently also raises productivity indirectly via innovation.

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Paper provided by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in its series CPB Document with number 137.

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Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cpb:docmnt:137

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  1. Polder, Michael & Veldhuizen, Erik & Bergen, Dirk van den & Pijll, Eugène van der, 2009. "Micro and macro indicators of competition: comparison and relation with productivity change," MPRA Paper 18898, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Viktoria Kocsis & Ruslan Lukach & Bert Minne & Victoria Shestalova & Nick Zubanov & Henry van der Wiel, 2009. "Relation entry, exit and productivity: an overview of recent theoretical and empirical literature," CPB Document 180, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  3. Rafaelita M. ALDABA, 2012. "Trade Reforms, Competition, and Innovation in the Philippines," Working Papers DP-2012-05, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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