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Supermarket Entry and The Survival of Small Stores

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  • Fernando Borraz
  • Juan Dubra

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  • Daniel Ferrés
  • Leandro Zipitría

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We analyze the effect of supermarket entry on the exit of small stores in the food retailing sector in Montevideo between 1998 and 2007. We use detailed geographical information to identify the link between supermarket entry and the exit of nearby small stores. Entry of supermarkets using small- to medium-size formats creates a competitive threat for the existing small stores, decreasing their probability of survival. The result is robust to several model specifications and varying definitions of what constitutes a supermarket. The impact of supermarket entry is unequivocal for groceries, bakeries, fresh pasta shops, and butcher shops.

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  • Fernando Borraz & Juan Dubra & Daniel Ferrés & Leandro Zipitría, 2013. "Supermarket Entry and The Survival of Small Stores," Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers 1303, Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo..
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    1. Giuseppe Arbia & Patrizia Cella & Giuseppe Espa & Diego Giuliani, 2015. "A micro spatial analysis of firm demography: the case of food stores in the area of Trento (Italy)," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 48(3), pages 923-937, May.
    2. Matthew Olczak, 2015. "Chain-Store Pricing and the Structure of Retail Markets," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 87-104, June.

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    Supermarket entry; competition; small store attrition.;

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