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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.

Chapter 18: Internet effects on retail markets

Michael D. Smith and Alejandro Zentner

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

Abstract

Researchers from multiple disciplines, including economics, marketing, information systems, operations research, and computer science, have contributed to the academic literature on how the Internet has affected retail markets. In this chapter, we build bridges across these various disciplines to provide a common understanding of how the Internet has affected retail markets and to identify important areas for future research.

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