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Dynamic Spatial Competition Between Multi-Store Firms

Victor Aguirregabiria () and Gustavo Vicentini

Working Papers from University of Toronto, Department of Economics

Abstract: We propose a dynamic model of an oligopoly industry characterized by spatial competition between multi-store retailers. Firms compete in prices and decide where to open or close stores depending on demand conditions and the number of competitors at different locations, and on location-specific private-information shocks. We develop an algorithm to approximate a Markov Perfect Equilibrium in our model, and propose a procedure for the estimation of the parameters of the model using panel data on number of stores, prices, and quantities at multiple geographic locations within a city. We also present numerical examples to illustrate the model and algorithm.

Keywords: Spatial competition; Store location; Industry dynamics; Sunk costs. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C73 L13 L81 R10 R30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: Unknown pages
Date: 2012-06-14
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cmp, nep-com, nep-cse, nep-geo, nep-ind and nep-ure
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