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Nominal Price Shocks in Monopolistically Competitive Markets: An Experimental Analysis

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  • Douglas D. Davis

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    (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

  • Korenok Oleg

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    (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

Abstract

We report a market experiment that examines the capacity of price and information frictions to explain real responses to nominal price shocks. As predicted by the standard dynamic adjustment models, we find that both price and information frictions impede the response to a nominal shock. We also find, however, that the observed adjustment delays far exceed predicted levels. Results of a pair of subsequent treatments indicate that a combination of announcing the shock privately to all sellers (rather than publicly) and a failure of many sellers to best respond to their expectations explains the observed adjustment inertia.

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Paper provided by VCU School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1003.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
Date of revision: Jun 2011
Handle: RePEc:vcu:wpaper:1003

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Keywords: Market Experiments; Price Rigidities; Information Rigidities; Bounded Rationality;

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  1. Graf Lambsdorff, Johann & Schubert, Manuel & Giamattei, Marcus, 2011. "On the role of heuristics: Experimental evidence on inflation dynamics," Passauer Diskussionspapiere, Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe V-63-11, University of Passau, Faculty of Business and Economics.
  2. Yves Ortiz & Martin schüle, 2011. "Limited Rationality and Strategic Interaction: A Probabilistic Multi-Agent Model," Working Papers 11.08, Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee.

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