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Consumption Inertia and Asymmetric Price Transmission

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  • Xia, Tian
  • Li, Xianghong

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We propose consumption inertia as a new explanation for asymmetric price transmission. Inertia in consumer demand enlarges retailers’ gains in gross profits from raising prices in response to higher wholesale prices and reduces gains from decreasing prices in response to lower wholesale prices. Thus, consumption inertia can cause asymmetries in price transmission whereby retailers are more willing to change their prices, and change them more quickly, in response to wholesale price increases as opposed to wholesale price decreases.

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  • Xia, Tian & Li, Xianghong, 2010. "Consumption Inertia and Asymmetric Price Transmission," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 35(2), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:93210
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    1. von Cramon-Taubadel, Stephan, 1998. "Estimating Asymmetric Price Transmission with the Error Correction Representation: An application to the German Pork Market," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 25(1), pages 1-18.
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    1. Nilsen, Øivind A. & Vange, Magne, 2016. "Intermittent Price Changes in Production Plants: Empirical Evidence using Monthly Data," Discussion Paper Series in Economics 22/2016, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics.
    2. Obradovits, Martin, 2014. "Asymmetric Pricing Caused by Collusion," MPRA Paper 58889, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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