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Deregulating Retail: The Hidden Impact of a Lower Bar to Entry

2019-12 IFN Newsletter No. 2, 2019

Author(s): Florin Maican and Matilda Orth

Deregulating Retail: The Hidden Impact of a Lower Bar to Entry Florin Maican and Matilda Orth

A key task for economists and policymakers is to predict how markets will respond to regulatory changes. In recent research we analyze the impact of entry regulations on consumers and firms, focusing on product variety. Analyzing rich product-level data, we find that a more liberal entry regime in Swedish retail increases both product variety and efficiency, to the benefit of consumers and firms. Our results suggest that policymakers need to factor in the consequences for product variety when taking regulatory decisions.

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Maican, Florin and Matilda Orth (2019), "Deregulating Retail: The Hidden Impact of a Lower Bar to Entry". IFN Newsletter No. 2, 2019.

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