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Learning and Location

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  • Sault, Joanne

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick,)

  • Toivanen, Otto

    (Helsinki School of Economics and Department of economics, University of California)

  • Waterson, Michael

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick,)

Abstract

In this paper we study whether learning from rivals affects within-market location decisions between competing firms. We show it does, using detailed locational data from two leading hamburger chains in the UK. Using four different tests, we demonstrate that alternative explanations – pre-emption and product differentiation – have less bite than between firm learning.

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  • Sault, Joanne & Toivanen, Otto & Waterson, Michael, 2003. "Learning and Location," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 693, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:693
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