Preisbildung und Konzentration im deutschen Lebensmitteleinzelhandel

Klaus Drescher

Published: 01.06.1999  〉 Heft 6/1999  〉 Resort: Articles 
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ABSTRACT

Summary:Prices and concentration in the German food retailing industryIn almost all studies the food retail market in Germany is described despite a high national and even higher regional concentration as a competitive market. Small sale returns are taken as an expression of small margins and signs of a tough competition. The present article deals with the relation between sales returns and competition. Using a Cournot model the hypo thesis is expressed that with increasing concentration in the German food retail industry the food prices increase. Underlying a quadratic function for the concentration measure, it could be shown that from a specific concentration food prices significantly increase. In addition, high concentration ratios have a different influence on prices depending on product categories.
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Dr. Klaus Drescher, Institut für Agrarökonomie der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, D-24118 Kiel (mailto:kdrescher@agric-econ.uni-kiel.de)
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