Trade Liberalization and Food Retail Structure: The Italian Case

Elena Castellari, Paolo Sckokai, Alessandro Bonanno

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Abstract

In this paper we assess the impact of the LD 114/1998 on the structure of the Italian food retailing industry. We use difference–in–difference technique, comparing the level of concentration, number of stores, average store size and level of service offered to consumers in regions enacting mandated consistent with the LD 114/1998, versus those that did not. Results show that, once the endogenous nature of policy changes is controlled for, the policy appears more effective than expected, in terms of its impact on concentration, consumers’ access, store size and level of service to consumers. While the decree overall seems to have help the consumer to have more access and more in-store services, our analysis suggests food retailing became more concentrated in response to the implementation of the LD 114/1998. Further, the effect of the liberalization seems to have stronger effects in regions where the level of liberalization implemented is “low”.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteEAAE 2014 Congress
Pagine1-15
Numero di pagine15
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014
EventoEAAE 2014 Congress: "Agri-Food and Rural Innovations for Healthier Societies" - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Durata: 26 ago 201429 ago 2014

Convegno

ConvegnoEAAE 2014 Congress: "Agri-Food and Rural Innovations for Healthier Societies"
CittàLjubljana, Slovenia
Periodo26/8/1429/8/14

Keywords

  • FOOD RETAILER STRUCTURE
  • TRADE LIBERALIZATION

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