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Heterogeneity in Consumer Price Stickiness: A Microeconometric Investigation

  • Fougere, Denis
  • Le Bihan, Herve
  • Sevestre, Patrick

We examine heterogeneity in price stickiness using a large, original, set of individual price data collected at the retail level for the computation of the French consumer price index. For that purpose, we estimate at a very high level of disaggregation, a piecewise-constant hazard model, as well as competing-risks duration models that distinguish between price increases, price decreases, and product replacements. The main findings are the following: (a) at the product-outlet-type level, the baseline hazard function of a price spell is nondecreasing; (b) cross-product and cross-outlet-type heterogeneity is pervasive, both in the shape and the level of the hazard function as well as in the impact of covariates; (c) there is strong evidence of state dependence, especially for price increases; (d) there is an asymmetry because determinants of price increases differ from those of price decreases.

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Volume (Year): 25 (2007)
Issue (Month): (July)
Pages: 247-264

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