The retail sector employs a considerable part of the Swedish labor force. It is also a sector that to a great extent rely on proximity to consumers, and therefore it is important to understand how disruptions in the consumer flows may impact firms in this industry.
In my dissertation “Spatial organization of retail activities” I have studied how entries of large-scale retail (such as IKEA or out-of-town malls), influences incumbent retail in terms of survival, size and turnover. In my current research I continue to examine how changes in the market structure influences retail firms but also firms in the hospitality sector, since the two industries share many characteristics and tend to be colocated. In a project that I am currently working on I examine how pedestrianization affects performance and industry composition of retail and hospitality firms.