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Competition and Demographics in Large Indian Cities


  • Mohammad Amin


Recent studies suggest that consumer-household attributes may be as important in determining the level of competition in certain markets as firm characteristics and the number of firms. However, evidence on which consumer-household attributes matter for competition is limited, especially for developing countries. Focusing on India's retail sector, this article contributes to this literature by showing that the number of adult non-workers per household in the city, a proxy for shopping time opportunity cost, has a strong effect on competition between retailers. Policy implications of our findings in light of the ongoing dramatic reductions in non-workers in India are discussed.

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  • Mohammad Amin, 2011. "Competition and Demographics in Large Indian Cities," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(9), pages 1410-1430, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:47:y:2011:i:9:p:1410-1430
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2010.536224

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    1. Amin, Mohammad, 2015. "Competition and labor productivity in India's retail stores," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 57-68.

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