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Asymmetric Price Adjustments Under Ever-Increasing Costs. Evidence from the Retail Gasoline Market in Colombia

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  • Marc Hofstetter

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  • Jorge Tovar

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There is abundant empirical evidence showing that asymmetric price adjustments exist in a wide variety of markets. Prices tend to grow faster when costs rise relative to the rate at which prices drop when costs fall. The objective of this paper is to empirically test whether asymmetric price adjustments exist in a scenario where costs are increasing every period.The Colombian retail gasoline market offers an excellent case study due to a specific regulation, something discussed further in this paper. Our results suggest that when costs rise above the reference price -a government suggested retail price- retail prices tend to rise less relative to when costs grow below the reference price. Thus, asymmetry does exist.

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Paper provided by UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE in its series DOCUMENTOS CEDE with number 005146.

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Date of creation: 11 Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:col:000089:005146

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Keywords: Asymmetric price adjustments; Gasoline retail markets; Search; Reference Prices.;

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Cited by:
  1. Wittmann, Nadine, 2014. "Regulating gasoline retail markets: The case of Germany," Economics Discussion Papers 2014-17, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Juan Ricardo Perilla Jiménez, 2010. "El impacto de los precios del petróleo sobre el crecimiento económico en Colombia," REVISTA DE ECONOMÍA DEL ROSARIO, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.

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