Retail: the difference between urban and rural areas is increasing


Stina Qubti from the second hand chain "Busfrö Nytt och bytt" (middle) and Elisabet Elmsäter Vegsö, Industrial Policy expert from Svensk Handel (left) listen to Özge Öner.

On Friday, Özge Öner, IFN, presented the results of three years of research on the importance of retail for urban and rural areas. The title of the research project is "Shopping for change: The role of retail for urban and rural development in Sweden". The research has been financed by the Handelsrådet (Trade Council). "The industry's size corresponds to almost 20 percent of the total number of jobs and almost 11 percent of GDP", writes Özge Öner in a summary of the project. But despite this, retailing in most Swedish municipalities is decreasing.

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Özge Öner presented the research project "Shopping for change: The role of retail for urban and rural development in Sweden."

Read "En vitbok om: Kommunernas detaljhandelsmarknader – uppgång och fall?" (2017) (A White Paper on Local Government Retail Markets – Rise and Fall?) by Özge Öner, IFN, Johan Klaesson, Jönköping Business School, and Olga Pugatšova, a doctoral student affiliated to IFN.

Summary of the project (in Swedish)

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