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Population decline and changes in food store proximity


  • nilsson, helena

    (Institute of Retail Economics (Handelns Forskningsinstitut))


This study examines changes in the access to food stores between 2000-2013 using Swedish register data. The analysis shows that there have been increases of, on average, 400 meters in the neighborhood-level average distance to the nearest store. These changes are not systematically biased towards socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. I also analyze the relationship between population density and the distance from the neighborhood centroid to the nearest food store using a spatiotemporal analysis of panel data covering the same period. The analysis finds that a decline in population density is related to an increase in the distance to the nearest food store. This indicates that as long as there is a decline in population density, food store access by proximity will continue to decrease.

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  • nilsson, helena, 2020. "Population decline and changes in food store proximity," HFI Working Papers 13, Institute of Retail Economics (Handelns Forskningsinstitut).
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:hfiwps:0013

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    food; urbanization; retail; panel-data; spatial-analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • B23 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Econometrics; Quantitative and Mathematical Studies
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce


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