Rigid Prices: Evidence from U.S. Scanner Data

20 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2014

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Jeffrey R. Campbell

University of Notre Dame; Tilburg University

Benjamin Eden

Vanderbilt University

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Date Written: May 2014


This article uses weekly scanner data from two small U.S. cities to characterize time and state dependence of grocers' pricing decisions. In these data, the probability of a nominal adjustment declines with the time since the last price change. A store's price for a particular product typically goes through several price changes in rapid succession before settling down. We also detect state dependence: The probability of a nominal adjustment is highest when a store's price substantially differs from the average of other stores' prices. However, extreme relative prices typically reflect the store's recent changes instead of changes in average prices.

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Campbell, Jeffrey R. and Eden, Benjamin, Rigid Prices: Evidence from U.S. Scanner Data (May 2014). International Economic Review, Vol. 55, Issue 2, pp. 423-442, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2428481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12055

Jeffrey R. Campbell (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

United States

Tilburg University ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE

Benjamin Eden

Vanderbilt University ( email )

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Nashville, TN 37240
United States

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