Research faculty

Matilda Orth


Research interests: Industrial organization and applied microeconomics.

Among the questions that Matilda Orth tries to answer with her research:

  • What mechanisms determine the degree of product differentiation, strategic entry decisions and changes in market structure in retail trade?
  • What is the role of entry regulations for profitability, productivity and market structure in retail trade?
  • How does entry of large (”big-box”) stores affect productivity and exit of incumbents?


New research

Productivity Dynamics and the Role of ‘Big-Box’ Entrants in Retailing Florin Maican and Matilda Orth

Research papers in progress

R&D Dynamics and Its Impact on Productivity and Export Demand in Swedish Manufacturing ---- with Mark J. Roberts (Pennsylvania State University), Florin Maican (KU Leuven) and Van Anh Vuong (University of Cologne)

Are Workers Paid their Marginal Product? Evidence from linked employer-employee data ---- with Amil Petrin (University of Minnesota) and Florin Maican (KU Leuven)

Entry and Spatial Differentiation in Retail Markets

Entry Regulations, Product Differentiation and Determinants of Market Structure ---- with Florin Maican (KU Leuven) Article Appendix

Productivity Dynamics and Inventories in Retailing ---- with Florin Maican (KU Leuven)



Entry Regulations, Welfare and Determinants of Market Structure, International Economic Review, forthcoming 2018 (with Florin Maican) Article

Productivity Dynamics and the Role of "Big-Box" Entrants in Retailing, Journal of Industrial Economics 65(2), 397-438, 2017 (with Florin Maican) Article

A Dynamic Analysis of Entry Regulations and Productivity in Retail Trade, International Journal of Industrial Organization 40, 67-80, May 2015 (with Florin Maican) Article Appendix The IJIO Best Paper Award 2016


Publications (pre-Ph.D.)

Who Visits the Museums? A Comparison Between Stated Preferences and Observed Effects of Entrance Fees, Kyklos 62(1), 85-102, 2009 (with E. Lampi) Link

Opening Local Retail Food Stores: A Real Options Approach, Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade 10(3), 373-387, 2010 (with SO. Daunfeldt and N. Rudholm)



Industrial Organization, MSc program in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, spring 2018 (scheduled)

Industrial Organization, MSc program in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 2016/2017

Advanced topics in economics: Industrial Organization, MSc program in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 2015/2016

Advanced topics in economics: Industrial Organization, MSc program in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 2014/2015

Microeconomics, Introductory level, BSc program in Retail Management, Stockholm School of Economics, 2018


Publications and reports in Swedish

Strategisk Mix av Dagligvarubutiksformat - metoder för att effektivt analysera marknaden, Popular science report to the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council, 2016:1 (with Florin Maican)

Mindre strikt Reglering ökar Produktiviteten i Detaljhandeln (More Liberal Regulations increase Productivity in Retail Trade), IFN Newsletter No. 5 2014 Link

Marknadsstruktur och Dynamik i Dagligvaruhandeln (The Dynamics of Market Structure in Retail) Ekonomisk Debatt, No. 1, 2012 (with Florin Maican) PDF

Finns det en Wal-Mart effekt utan Wal-Mart (Is there a Wal-Mart effect without Wal-Mart?) Popular science report to the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council, 2009:1 (with Florin Maican) PDF

Vem Konkurrerar med Vem på Flygmarknaden? En studie av flygmarknadens segment (Product Competition in the Airline Industry) Consultant report to the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority, 2008 (with Florin Maican) PDF

Tjugo års Utredande av Höga Matpriser och Otillfredsställande Kvalitet: Vad har man egentligen kommit fram till? (Twenty years of investigaing high retail-food prices and unsatisfied quality: what are the actual results?) Consultant report to the Swedish Competition Authority, 2004


Selection of media coverage

Framtiden för våra köpcentrum, Intervju i Sveriges Radio, 2017

Se möjligheterna med big data, Fri Köpenskap, 2016

Etablering av nya butiker, Market, 2016

Om regleringen av nya butiker, Dagens Samhälle, 2016

Coop slopar butiksnamnet Konsum, Ekonomiekot, Sveriges Radio P1, 2015

Stormarknad får vika om vi ställer bilen, Dagens Nyheter, 2014

Efter 33år slår de igen lanthandeln i Hörja, Expressen, 2014

Lokal marknad ett svar på storhandel, Intervju i Sveriges Radio, 2013

Vinna eller försvinna för småbutiker, Fria Företagare, 2011

Porträttet, Fri Köpenskap, 2008

Lidl och Nettos konkurrens undersöks, Fri Köpenskap, 2008

Avgift spelar roll för vem som besöker Museum, Göteborgs Posten, 2008


Matilda Orth


Ph: +46 8 665 45 31
Mob: +46 73 642 3824


Matilda Orth has a Ph.D. in economics and her research interests are industrial organization and applied microeconomics. She addresses topics related to industry dynamics and determinants of market structure such as productivity, strategic product positioning, entry and exit. Her research has a strong link to both competition and business policy.


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Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2017. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 15, 2016, in Stockholm.

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