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Regulation and Performance in the Distribution Sector

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  • Dirk Pilat

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This paper discusses the impact of government-imposed regulations on performance in the distribution sector. It first deals with the role of the distribution sector in OECD economies and gives an overview of competitive conditions in the sector. Next, it provides an overview of recent evidence concerning the impact of regulation. The paper finds that a range of regulations, including restrictions on large stores, opening hours and zoning, have slowed down structural change in the distribution sector. These regulations have sometimes reduced the efficiency of the distribution system, but have mainly limited the range of services provided to consumers ... Réglementations et performances dans le secteur de la distribution Cette étude a pour but d’examiner les effets des réglementations, imposées par les gouvernements, sur les performances du secteur de la distribution. Elle traite en premier, du rôle du secteur de la distribution dans les économies de l’OCDE et donne une vue d’ensemble sur les conditions de concurrence. Elle fournit ensuite, les récentes évidences de l’impact des réglementations. Cette étude constate qu’un ensemble de réglementations, y compris les restrictions concernant les grandes surfaces, les heures d’ouverture et les emplacements, retarde les changements structurels dans le secteur de la distribution. Ces réglementations ont parfois réduit l’efficience du système de distribution, mais ont surtout limité le nombre de services offerts aux consommateurs ...

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  • Dirk Pilat, 1997. "Regulation and Performance in the Distribution Sector," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 180, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:180-en
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