Product Market Competition and Human Resource Practices in the Retail Food Sector

22 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Elizabeth E. Davis

University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics

Matthew Freedman

University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics

Julia Lane

Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Brian P. McCall

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, School of Education; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, College of Literature, Science & the Arts, Department of Economics

Nicole Nestoriak

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Timothy A. Park

Economic Research Service, USDA

Abstract

In the wake of Wal-Mart and other mass merchandisers’ entry into food retailing, the nature of competition in the industry has changed radically. Using longitudinal data on workers and firms to construct measures of compensation and churning for traditional food retailers, this paper examines how these measures change in response to mass merchandiser entry. While there is considerable heterogeneity across retail food establishments, human resource practices are persistent even in the face of new external competition.

Suggested Citation

Davis, Elizabeth E. and Freedman, Matthew and Lane, Julia and McCall, Brian P. and Nestoriak, Nicole and Park, Timothy A., Product Market Competition and Human Resource Practices in the Retail Food Sector. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 48, Issue 2, pp. 350-371, April 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394667 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2009.00561.x

Elizabeth E. Davis

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Matthew Freedman

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