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Entry into Local Retail Food Markets in Sweden: A Real-Options Approach

  • Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov

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    (The Swedish Research Institute of Trade (HUI))

  • Orth, Matilda

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    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Rudholm, Niklas

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

A real-options approach was used, incorporating uncertainty and irreversibility of investments, to study the number of stores entering the Swedish retail food market during the period 1994-2002. It was found that uncertainty affected the entry-decision. Entry was less frequent in highly concentrated local retail food-markets characterized by a high degree of uncertainty, whereas higher profit opportunities seem to have increased the probability of entry.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 170.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 17 May 2005
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2010, pages 373-387.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0170
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