Review of Industrial Organization

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 1-18

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Firm Survival and Chain Growth in a Privatized Retail Liquor Store Industry

  • Andrew EckertAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Alberta Email author 
  • , Douglas S. WestAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, University of Alberta

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This paper uses data on liquor retailing in Alberta since privatization to provide a description of the evolution of a privatized retail industry from the date of its creation. As well, this paper considers which factors contribute to the survival of stores and firms, and the growth and creation of retail liquor store chains. Location, and in particular whether a liquor store is located in a shopping center or near a supermarket, is associated with the survival of a liquor store.


Firm survival Liquor store Privatization Retail chain Shopping center Supermarket

JEL Classification

L11 L81