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Handbook on the Economics of Retailing and Distribution

Handbook on the Economics of Retailing and Distribution

Edited by Emek Basker

This Handbook explores and critically examines current research in economics and marketing science on key economic issues in retailing and distribution. Providing a rich perspective for the discussion of public policy, contributions from several disciplines and continents range from the history of chains and the impact of multinational retailers on international trade patterns; to the US merger policy in the retail context, the rise of the Internet and consumer-to-consumer sales. This state-of-the-art Handbook is an essential reference for students and academics of economics and marketing science and offers outsiders valuable perspectives on operations research, data analytics, geography, and sociology.


Emek Basker

Subjects: business and management, marketing, economics and finance, industrial economics


The retail sector is one of the most dynamic economic sectors. Stores open and close, chains expand and contract, technological innovations improve efficiency, supply chains evolve, and new methods of purchasing are continuously emerging and evolving. The chapters in this Handbook on the Economics of Retailing and Distribution describe some of these changes using theory, systematic empirical evidence, and institutional details. I hope this volume will serve as a useful starting point for researchers in economics, marketing science, and related disciplines, either looking for new research questions or expanding their research programs to address questions in the areas of retail and distribution. The chapters in this volume address methodological issues, such as the structural estimation of entry games between retailers, productivity measurement when both inputs and output are not fully observable, and demand estimation with variable assortment; policy issues including mergers, zoning regulation, and the regulation of buyer power; and some recent exciting developments in technology, retail formats, and data availability. This book is divided into four main parts.