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Price dynamics, retail chains and inflation measurement

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  • Nakamura, Alice O.
  • Nakamura, Emi
  • Nakamura, Leonard I.

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We use a large scanner price dataset to study grocery price dynamics. Previous analyses based on store scanner data emphasize differences in price dynamics across products. However, we also document large differences in price movements across different grocery store chains. A variance decomposition indicates that characteristics at the level of the chains (as opposed to individual stores) explain a large fraction of the total variation in price dynamics. Thus, retailer characteristics are found to be crucial determinants of heterogeneity in pricing dynamics, in addition to product characteristics. We empirically explore how the price dynamics we document affect price index measures.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 161 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 47-55

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:161:y:2011:i:1:p:47-55

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Keywords: Price rigidity Inflation measurement Menu costs Price indexes CPI;

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Cited by:
  1. Marcelo Delajara & José Antonio Murillo Garza, 2012. "Weekday with Low Prices: Evidence on Daily Seasonality of Foods, Beverages, and Tobacco Prices," Working Papers 2012-09, Banco de México.
  2. Kevin J. Fox & Iqbal A. Syed, 2014. "Price Discounts and the Measurement of Inflation," Discussion Papers 2014-05, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
  3. Roberto Rigobon & Brent Neiman & Alberto Cavallo, 2013. "Product Introductions, Currency Unions, and the Real Exchange Rate," 2013 Meeting Papers 1357, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Fabio Rumler, 2012. "The Pass-Through of Commodity Prices to Consumer Prices of Selected Products," Monetary Policy & the Economy, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 1, pages 92–104.

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