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Inventories in a Competitive Environment

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  • Bental, B.
  • Eden, B.

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Trade is sequential: buyers arrive in batches and each batch completes trade before the next arrives. Producers allocate the available supply among all potential batches of buyers. Inventories accumulate whenever a batch does not arrive. Shocks to cost and demand are serially independent. There is a stationary relationship between inventories and prices with the following properties. Larger beginning-of-period inventories tend to depress prices. Inventories are positively serially correlated. A unit increase in inventories leads to an increase in the price spread. Output tends to vary more than sales. Copyright 1993 by University of Chicago Press.

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Paper provided by University of Iowa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 92-19.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 1992
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Handle: RePEc:uia:iowaec:92-19

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Keywords: competition ; production;

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Cited by:
  1. Jonas D.M. Fisher & Andreas Hornstein, 1996. "(S, s) inventory policies in general equilibrium," Working Paper Series, Macroeconomic Issues WP-96-24, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  2. Andrew Caplin & John Leahy, 2008. "Trading Frictions and House Price Dynamics," NBER Working Papers 14605, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Marcel Fafchamps & Jan Willem Gunning and Remco Oostendorp, 1999. "Inventories and risk in African manufacturing," Economics Series Working Papers WPS/1999-19, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  4. Bental, Benjamin & Demougin, Dominique, . "Should We Have or Should We Have Not, and Who Should Have Paid?," Working Papers WP2011/3, University of Haifa, Department of Economics, revised 01 Mar 2011.
  5. Diego Escobari & Li Gan, 2007. "Price Dispersion under Costly Capacity and Demand Uncertainty," NBER Working Papers 13075, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Benjamin Eden, 2001. "Inventories and the Business Cycle: Testing a Sequential Trading Model," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 4(3), pages 562-574, July.
  7. Benjamin Eden, 2013. "Price dispersion and efficiency," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 13-00012, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  8. Marcel Fafchamps Jan Willem Gunning & Remco Oostendorp, . "Inventories, Liquidity, and Contractual Risk in African Manufacturing," Working Papers 97020, Stanford University, Department of Economics.
  9. Bental, Benjamin & Eden, Bemjamin, 1996. "Money and inventories in an economy with uncertain and sequential trade," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 37(3), pages 445-459, June.
  10. Benjamin Eden, 2013. "Price Dispersion And Demand Uncertainty: Evidence From Us Scanner Data," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 13-00015, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  11. A.V. Raja & Hans-Bernd Schäfer, . "Are Inventories A Buffer Against Weak Legal Systems?," German Working Papers in Law and Economics 2004-1-1089, Berkeley Electronic Press.
  12. Terry J. Fitzgerald, 1997. "Inventories and the business cycle: an overview," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Q III, pages 11-22.

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