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What do we know about spatial entry?

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  • Nicolas Debarsy

    () (CERPE - FUNDP-University of Namur, FNRS)

  • Marcus Dejardin

    () (CERPE - FUNDP-University of Namur)

Abstract

In his oft-cited "What do we know about entry?", Paul Geroski (1995) gave a survey of empirical works on this central topic regarding industrial organization and, more precisely, market dynamics. Surprisingly, his article remains silent on the spatial dimension of these dynamics. This paper gives first accessory support to some of the Geroski's a-spatial observations with reference to firm entries and exits of a selection of retail and consumer service industries in Belgium over the 1998-2001 period. More important is the proposed application of the Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA) that has been developed for in-depth exploring of spatial datasets. Evidences are collected at highly disaggregated geographical and industrial levels. They do not only contribute to a better understanding of the geographical patterns of the industries, but they lead to interesting observations regarding industrial organization and market dynamics by examining the space-time structures of entries and exits. These observations may be considered as an opening tribute towards a spatial extension of what Geroski has presented as stylized facts in his 1995 article.

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  • Nicolas Debarsy & Marcus Dejardin, 2008. "What do we know about spatial entry?," Jena Economic Research Papers 2008-029, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-029
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    Keywords

    entry; exit; spatial interactions; local market; ESDA;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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