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Inter-Format Competition among Retailers - The Role of Private Label Products in Market Delineation

  • Rickert, Dennis
  • Wey, Christian
  • Haucap, Justus
  • Heimeshoff, Ulrich
  • Klein, Gordon J.

Given various recent antitrust investigations on the retail sector, we deal with uncovering demand systems substitution patterns for a particular market (diapers) to investigate the inter-format competition (supermarkets vs. discounters vs. drugstores). Using the uncovered demand system we compute retail and manufacturer margins and combine those with standard market delineation techniques, showing that the strongest substitution patterns are between the leading brand as well as private labels sold at drugstores and discounters. This result is important given controversies among competition authorities, firms and academic researchers.

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Paper provided by Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association in its series Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order with number 79797.

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