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Does distance reflect more than transport costs?

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  • Choi, Chi-Young
  • Choi, Horag

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We decompose the effect of distance on intercity retail price dispersion in US into transport and non-transport cost components. We find that distance contains more information than transport costs. Care should be taken in interpreting distance effect as transport costs only.

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  • Choi, Chi-Young & Choi, Horag, 2014. "Does distance reflect more than transport costs?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(1), pages 82-86.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:125:y:2014:i:1:p:82-86
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.08.016
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    1. Jordi Paniagua, 2016. "A note on implementing gravity datasets with abundant zeros," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 36(1), pages 268-280.
    2. Choi, Chi-Young & Choi, Horag, 2016. "The role of two frictions in geographic price dispersion: When market friction meets nominal rigidity," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 1-27.
    3. repec:cje:issued:v:50:y:2017:i:3:p:738-777 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Chi-Young Choi & Joo Yong Lee & Róisín O'Sullivan, 2015. "Monetary Policy Regime Change and Regional Inflation Dynamics: Looking through the Lens of Sector-Level Data for Korea," Working Papers 2015-20, Economic Research Institute, Bank of Korea.

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    Keywords

    Distance; Geographic price differences; Transport costs; US cities;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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