The Industrial and Social Dynamics of Retailing, and Effects of Opening Hours

B. Nooteboom

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Abstract

This paper reconstructs the long-term development of retailing, including industrial, economic and social antecedents and consequences. Among other things, it includes innovation in the form of the emergence and diffusion of successive novel types of shop (including self-service), relations between large and small firms in innovation and diffusion, change of demand conditions, institutional change concerning the opening time of shops, increase of scale and concentration, and social effects. For the analysis of the process and costs of retailing, use is made of queuing theory rather than customary production functions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOrganization
Number of pages17
Volume2005-48
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2005-48

Keywords

  • Retailing
  • industry structure
  • innovation and diffusion
  • shop opening hours
  • queuing theory

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