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Edgeworth Price Cycles and Focal Prices: Computational Dynamic Markov Equilibria

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  • Michael D. Noel
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    "Motivated by the apparent discovery of Edgeworth Cycles in many retail gasoline markets, this article extends the theory of Edgeworth Cycles along several key dimensions, including models of fluctuating marginal costs, differentiation, capacity constraints and triopoly. A computational approach to search for Markov perfect equilibria is taken. Edgeworth Cycles are found in equilibrium in many situations, and the shape of the cycles are found to carry information about underlying competitive intensity. Cycles in triopoly exhibit interesting coordination problems such as delayed starts and false starts." Copyright (c) 2008, The Author(s) Journal Compilation (c) 2008 Blackwell Publishing.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Economics & Management Strategy.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (06)
    Pages: 345-377

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jemstr:v:17:y:2008:i:2:p:345-377

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    1. Noel, Michael D., 2012. "Edgeworth Price Cycles and intertemporal price discrimination," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 942-954.
    2. Diego Escobari, 2013. "Asymmetric Price Adjustments in Airlines," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 34(2), pages 74-85, 03.
    3. Foros, Øystein & Steen, Frode, 2009. "Gasoline prices jump up on Mondays: An outcome of aggressive competition?," Discussion Papers 2009/2, Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics.
    4. Todd R. Kaplan & Shmuel Zamir, 2014. "Advances in Auctions," Discussion Paper Series dp662, The Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
    5. Lewis, Matthew S., 2012. "Price leadership and coordination in retail gasoline markets with price cycles," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 342-351.
    6. Doyle, Joseph & Muehlegger, Erich & Samphantharak, Krislert, 2010. "Edgeworth cycles revisited," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 651-660, May.
    7. Seaton, Jonathan S. & Waterson, Michael, 2013. "Identifying and characterising price leadership in British supermarkets," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 392-403.
    8. Sara Ellison & Christopher M. Snyder, 2014. "An Empirical Study of Pricing Strategies in an Online Market with High-Frequency Price Information," CESifo Working Paper Series 4655, CESifo Group Munich.
    9. Beare, Brendan K. & Seo, Juwon, 2012. "Time irreversible copula-based Markov Models," University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series qt31f8500p, Department of Economics, UC San Diego.
    10. Anderson, Edward, 2011. "A new model for cycles in retail petrol prices," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 210(2), pages 436-447, April.

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