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Shops and the city

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  • Stan Veuger

    (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Daniel Shoag

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We report three findings: (1) Using evidence from chain bankruptcies and data on 12-18 million establishments per year, we show that large retailers produce significant positive spillovers. (2) Local governments respond to the size of these externalities. When a town's boundaries allow it to capture a larger share of retail spillovers, it is more likely to offer retail subsidies. (3) These subsidies crowd out private-sector mechanisms that also subsidize large retailers, such as shopping malls. These facts provide powerful evidence of the Coase theorem at work and highlight a concern for local development policies even when externalities can be targeted.

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  • Stan Veuger & Daniel Shoag, 2014. "Shops and the city," AEI Economics Working Papers 416683, American Enterprise Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:aei:rpaper:416683
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    1. Konstantin Büchel und Maximilian von Ehrlich, 2016. "Cities and the Structure of Social Interactions: Evidence from Mobile Phone Data," Diskussionsschriften dp1608, Universitaet Bern, Departement Volkswirtschaft.
    2. Shai Bernstein & Emanuele Colonnelli & Xavier Giroud & Benjamin Iverson, 2017. "Bankruptcy Spillovers," NBER Working Papers 23162, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Shai Bernstein & Emanuele Colonnelli & Xavier Giroud & Benjamin Iverson, 2017. "Bankruptcy Spillovers," Working Papers 17-16, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.

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    subsidies; retail;

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    • A - General Economics and Teaching

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