Lai, Richard (2005): The Geography of Retail Inventory.
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How different are retailers' inventory levels around the world? Specifically, are retailers' inventories constant across countries, converging, or at least co-integrating? These might be viewed as various forms of global determinism. To see which of these forms hold, I use a novel dataset integrated from Dow Jones, Edgar, Bureau van Dijk (Europe), World'Vest Base, Multex, KIS (Korea Information Service), Teikoku of Japan, Huaxia of China, and COMPUSTAT. The dataset consists of 27,000 firm-year observations for 4,100 retailers in 23 countries, for the period 1983 through 2004. I find evidence to reject all the three forms of global determinism. Instead, I report evidence consistent with an alternative hypothesis - local contingency - in which country effects can explain inventory differences around the world. I also show that this conclusion is robust in numerous ways.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Harvard Business School|
|Original Title:||The Geography of Retail Inventory|
|Keywords:||Inventory; retailing; international comparison; global determinism; local contingency|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D24 - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles > E32 - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D82 - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M11 - Production Management
|Depositing User:||Richard Lai|
|Date Deposited:||07. Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 23:07|