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Spatial Consumer Behaviour in Small and Medium-sized Towns


  • Eveline van Leeuwen
  • Piet Rietveld


Van Leeuwen E. S. and Rietveld P. Spatial consumer behaviour in small and medium-sized towns, Regional Studies. Small and medium-sized towns are often recognized as important components of the rural economy. This paper focuses on the current function of small and medium-sized towns in providing retail services to local households in five European countries. Furthermore, it analyses the spatial shopping behaviour of these households. It appears that towns are still important places for shopping: more than half of the purchases of households living in town or the direct hinterland are bought in town. [image omitted] Van Leeuwen E. S. et Rietveld P. Le comportement geographique du consommateur dans les villes petites et moyennes, Regional Studies. Les villes petites et moyennes sont souvent considerees comme d'importants rouages de l'economie rurale. Cet article porte sur la fonction actuelle des villes petites et moyennes comme pourvoyeuses du commerce de detail aux menages locaux dans cinq pays europeens. Qui plus est, on analyse le comportement commercial geographique de ces menages. Il semble que les villes sont toujours d'importants endroits ou on fait les courses: plus de la moitie des achats des menages qui habitent les villes ou l'arriere-pays immediat se font dans les villes. Comportement commercial Villes Analyse geographique Choix discret Faire les courses au dehors de la ville Van Leeuwen E. S. und Rietveld P. Raumliches Verbraucherverhalten in kleinen und mittelgrossen Stadten, Regional Studies. Kleine und mittelgrosse Stadte werden oft als wichtige Komponenten der Wirtschaft im landlichen Raum anerkannt. In diesem Beitrag untersuchen wir die momentane Funktion von kleinen und mittelgrossen Stadten hinsichtlich des Anbietens von Einzelhandelsdiensten fur lokale Haushalte in funf europaischen Landern. Daruber hinaus wird das raumliche Einkaufsverhalten dieser Haushalte analysiert. Es hat den Anschein, dass es sich bei den Stadten nach wie vor um wichtige Einkaufsorte handelt: Mehr als die Halfte der Einkaufe von Haushalten, die in der Stadt oder im unmittelbaren Hinterland leben, werden in der Stadt getatigt. Einkaufsverhalten Stadte Raumanalyse Discrete Choice Auswarts einkaufen Van Leeuwen E. S. y Rietveld P. Comportamiento espacial de compra en ciudades pequenas y medianas, Regional Studies. Con frecuencia se reconoce que las ciudades pequenas y medianas son componentes importantes en la economia rural. En este articulo analizamos la funcion actual de las ciudades pequenas y medianas de cinco paises europeos en cuanto a sus servicios minoristas a hogares locales. Asimismo analizamos el comportamiento espacial de compra en estos hogares. Parece ser que este tipo de ciudades todavia son centros importantes de compra: mas de la mitad de las compras de personas que viven en ciudades o directamente en el interior se hacen en las ciudades. Comportamiento de compra Municipios Analisis espacial Eleccion discreta Compras fuera del centro

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  • Eveline van Leeuwen & Piet Rietveld, 2011. "Spatial Consumer Behaviour in Small and Medium-sized Towns," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(8), pages 1107-1119.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:8:p:1107-1119 DOI: 10.1080/00343401003713407

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