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An Analysis of the U.S. Distribution System

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  • Roger R. Betancourt

This paper forms part of an OECD project which addressed the issue of the structure and change in the distribution systems of seven OECD countries. The paper begins with a conceptual framework describing the functions, market outcomes and economic implications of the distribution sector. Next, it gives an overview of the U.S. distribution system in the 1980s. In particular, it discusses some specific characteristics underlying the functioning of the U.S. distribution system. Finally, it assesses the efficiency question and its implications for foreign trade. Some policy recommendations are then drawn on that basis ... Ce document fait partie d'un projet de l'OCDE qui avait pour objet l'analyse de la structure et des changements dans les systèmes de distribution dans sept pays de l'OCDE. Tout d'abord, cette étude propose un modèle conceptuel des fonctions, caractéristiques de marché et implications pour l'économie du secteur de la distribution. Ensuite, elle donne une vue d'ensemble du système de distribution dans les États-Unis dans les années quatre-vingts. En particulier, elle analyse les facteurs spécifiques qui déterminent le fonctionnement du secteur de la distribution aux U.S.A. En dernier lieu, elle fournit un évaluation de l'efficacité économique et sa portée sur le commerce extérieur ce qui permet de tirer quelques recommandations de politique économique ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 135.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 1993
Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:135-en
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