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Product Market Competition and Human Resource Practices: An Analysis of the Retail Food Sector

  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Matthew Freedman
  • Julia Lane

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  • Brian McCall

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  • Nicole Nestoriak
  • Timothy Park

The rise of super-centers and the entry of Wal-Mart into food retailing have dramatically altered the competitive environment in the industry. This paper explores the impact of such changes on the labor market practices of traditional food retailers. We use longitudinal data on workers and firms to construct new measures of compensation and employment, and examine how these measures evolve within and across firms in response to changes in product market structure. An additional feature of the analysis is to combine rich case study knowledge about the retail food industry with the new matched employer-employee data from the Census Bureau.

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Paper provided by Human Resources and Labor Studies, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities Campus) in its series Working Papers with number 0905.

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