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The "Law of One Price" in 1901

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  • E. Woodrow Eckard

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Price dispersion in 1901 is analyzed using a unique U.S. government survey yielding retail prices for four products at more than 1500 stores nationwide. Three of these products are still sold today, allowing comparisons based on modern survey data. Despite the introduction of significant search cost-reducing technology during the intervening century, dispersion appears to be lower in 1901. (JEL L11, D83) Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 42 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 101-110

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:42:y:2004:i:1:p:101-110

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  1. Jenny C. Aker & Marcel Fafchamps, 2013. "Mobile Phone Coverage and Producer Markets: Evidence from West Africa," CSAE Working Paper Series 2013-09, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  2. Michael R. Baye & John Morgan & Patrick Scholten, 2006. "Information, Search, and Price Dispersion," Working Papers 2006-11, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy.

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