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Spatial competition in the French supermarket industry

  • Stéphane Turolla

This paper challenges the conventional wisdom on the competitive grocery retail sector in France. To that end, I develop a structural model of spatial competition that accounts for (i) market geography on consumers' preferences, and (ii) differences in their shopping list. The demand estimates are used to recover stores' price-cost margin under alternative pricing strategies. I select the best pricing model by applying non-nested tests and show that retailers noticeably distort their offer in highly concentrated markets. Finally, I perform counterfactual experiments to quantify the expected gain of an additional store on consumer welfare and retail prices.

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Paper provided by INRA UMR SMART in its series Working Papers SMART - LERECO with number 12-01.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:rae:wpaper:201201
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