The Choice of Organizational Form in Gasoline Retailing and The Costs of Laws Limiting that Choice
AbstractThis paper uses a new data source to analyze the choice of organizational form of retail gasoline stations. In recent years, gasoline stations have tended to be less likely to be owned and operated by a lessee dealer and more likely to be owned and operated by the refiner. Critics have alleged that company-operated stations are used to drive lessee dealer stations out of business in order to restrict competition. We examine the determinants of organizational form and find them to be based on efficiency not predatory concerns. We estimate the costs of recent laws prohibiting company ownership of gasoline stations.
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Date of creation: Dec 1999
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Publication status: published as Blass, Asher A. and Dennis W. Carlton. "The Choice Of Organizational Form In Gasoline Retailing And The Cost Of Laws That Limit Choice," Journal of Law and Economics, 2001, v44(2,Oct), 511-524.
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- NEP-ALL-1999-12-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENE-1999-12-21 (Energy Economics)
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