Franchise Contract Regulations and Local Market Structure
Many US states have regulations that restrict the ability of franchisors to terminate franchise contracts. We estimate the economic effects of these regulations with a focus on how they impact market structure. Using data from the quick-service restaurant industry, we find that implementing franchise regulations results in 4–5 percent fewer establishments in the average county. Our results imply that franchise regulation leads to increased concentration in a large number of markets, as the number of counties in the bottom quartile of concentration would increase by between 12 percent and 15 percent with regulation.
Murry, Charles and Newberry, Peter
"Franchise Contract Regulations and Local Market Structure,"
Journal of Law and Economics: Vol. 65:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/jle/vol65/iss1/4