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New evidence on the asymmetry in gasoline price: volatility versus margin?

  • Salah Abosedra
  • Stanislav Radchenko

This paper examines recent evidence on the role that gasoline margins and volatility play in the asymmetric response of gasoline prices to changes in oil prices at different stages of distribution process. In a regression model with margins, we find that margins are statistically significant in explaining asymmetry between crude oil and spot gasoline prices, spot gasoline prices and wholesale gasoline prices, and wholesale gasoline prices and retail prices. In a regression model with input volatility, we find evidence that volatility is responsible for asymmetry between wholesale gasoline prices and retail gasoline prices. When both, gasoline margins and gasoline volatility are included in the regression, we find evidence supporting margins, the search theory, volatility, the oligopolistic coordination theory and an explanation of asymmetry. Copyright 2006 Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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Volume (Year): 30 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 125-150

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