Quotation Pennerstorfer, Dieter, Sinabell, Franz. 2013. Spatial Price Differentiation and Regional Market Power. The Case of Food-Retailing in Austria; WIFO Working Papers 458/2013.


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Abstract

A small number of firms have a large market share in the Austrian food retailing market. Market concentration has been growing over the last years which has raised concerns about market power. Previous studies on price setting behaviour in the food retailing market were at the national level and regional price setting has not yet been analysed. We use a panel data set of over 2,000 households with monthly food purchasing data and the number of outlets of the nine biggest food retailers in 120 districts to explore regional price setting behaviour. The analysis shows that only a small number of retailers seem to regionally differentiate prices extensively. It cannot be confirmed that spatial price differentiation is a way to exert market power in the Austrian food retailing market.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Spatial Price Differentiation and Regional Market Power. The Case of Food-Retailing in Austria; WIFO Working Papers 458/2013
Year 2013
URL http://www.wifo.ac.at/jart/prj3/wifo/resources/person_dokument/person_dokument.jart?publikationsid=47066&mime_type=application/pdf

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Pennerstorfer, Dieter (Former researcher)
External
Sinabell, Franz (Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (WIFO), Austria)
Organization
Department of Economics (Weiss) (Details)
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