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Market Structure and Price Responses to Seasonal Demand Changes

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  • Rickard Eriksson

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

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The demand for gasoline follows a seasonal cycle in Sweden. The paper investigates the response in prices and profits over the cycle. In contrast to what has been found for the gasoline market in the United States I find no support for seasonal price changes compatible with the recently developed theories for cyclical variations of intensity of competition. Some possible explanations for this difference between Sweden and the United States are discussed.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers with number 1864.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:1864

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