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Title:International trade and retailing: Diversity versus accessibility and the creation of retail deserts PDF Logo
Authors:Eckel, Carsten
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CeGE Discussion Paper 66
Abstract:The retail sectors in many industrialized countries have experienced a large increase in concentration and the appearance of so-called \retail deserts\, areas of low retail provision. This study addresses the role of international trade in this process. The analysis shows that by raising product diversity, international trade also raises the costs of provision in retailing and leads to a consolidation in this industry. As a consequence, surviving retailers have larger catchment areas and consumers have to travel longer distances for their errands. These adjustments in retailing create a trade-off between diversity and accessibility, and international trade is not unambiguously welfare improving.
Subjects:international trade
retailing
diversity
accessibility
retail deserts
JEL:F12
L11
L81
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:cege-Diskussionspapiere, Universität Göttingen

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