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Food prices in Belgium are higher and rise faster than in its neighbouring countries. This can be verified from Eurostat databases, and has been noticed as part of the European Semesters. During the past few years, the phenomenon of price differntials has been studied at the Belgian and the international level. From these studies can be deduced that the causes are manifold, but that there are also factors that work out favourably in Belgium. Four factors that seem to be outstanding in Belgium: the small economic-geographic scale in combination with the bilingualism, wholesale prices, labour cost and the strategy of certain store chains.
Structural studies > Belgian and European Regulation
Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles > Price Level; Inflation; Deflation [E31]
Industrial Organization > Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms [L11]
Industrial Organization > Antitrust Policy > Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices [L41]
Industrial Organization > Industry Studies: Services > Retail and Wholesale Trade; Warehousing [L81]