Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/49392
Authors: 
Raff, Horst
Schmitt, Nicolas
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 1711
Abstract: 
We develop a general-equilibrium model to capture key features of the retailing and of the manufacturing industry in order to understand how these two industries interact and how labor is allocated between them. We show that the observed shift in employment from manufacturing to retailing, the rise in retailer product assortment and the emergence of slotting allowances in many retail markets are consistent with the global integration of product markets, while higher retail market concentration is best explained by technological change in retailing. We also identify a novel benefit from market integration consisting of efficiency gains in the vertical distribution chain.
Subjects: 
Classification: international trade
product variety
retailing
slotting allowance
multi-product firm
JEL: 
F12
F15
L13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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