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The frequency and size of price adjustment: microeconomic evidence

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  • Attila Rátfai

    (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)

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This paper presents direct, non-parametric microeconomic evidence on pricing behavior and evaluates the findings in light of theories of nominal price rigidity. The main issues examined include the durability of price quotations and the size of price changes. The analysis is based on a unique high-frequency panel data set of consumer prices recorded in 1993-1996 in Hungary. The results indicate that price adjustment patterns in the sample are primarily consistent with implications of two-sided (S,s) pricing models. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 28 (2007)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 751-762

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Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:28:y:2007:i:7:p:751-762

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