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New Product Introductions and Price Markups

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  • Kostas Axarloglou


    Democritus University of Thrace)

  • Demetrios Tsapralis

    (J.P. Morgan & Co.)

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    The present study contributes to the literature of countercyclical price markups (real price rigidities). Specifically, it discusses the relation between new product introductions and industry and aggregate demand fluctuations, as well as their impact on firms' pricing policies, and in particular on price markups. Devinney [1990] shows that the introduction of new products happens mostly at the beginning of the business cycle, while Axarloglou [2003] explores the seasonal and non-seasonal properties of new product introductions in U.S. manufacturing. The present study extends this literature by showing that price markups decline in response to new product introductions, and since new product introductions vary in a procyclical manner, price markups can be countercyclical.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 30 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
    Pages: 223-235

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:30:y:2004:i:2:p:223-235
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