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The "Law of One Price" in 1901

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  • E. Woodrow Eckard

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Price dispersion in 1901 is analyzed using a unique U.S. government survey yielding retail prices for four products at more than 1500 stores nationwide. Three of these products are still sold today, allowing comparisons based on modern survey data. Despite the introduction of significant search cost-reducing technology during the intervening century, dispersion appears to be lower in 1901. (JEL L11, D83) Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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  • E. Woodrow Eckard, 2004. "The "Law of One Price" in 1901," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 42(1), pages 101-110, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:42:y:2004:i:1:p:101-110
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    Cited by:

    1. Hyeongwoo Kim & Jintae Kim, 2015. "The Heterogeneous Responses of the World Commodity Prices to Exchange Rate Shocks," Auburn Economics Working Paper Series auwp2015-18, Department of Economics, Auburn University.
    2. Jenny C. Aker & Marcel Fafchamps, 2015. "Mobile Phone Coverage and Producer Markets: Evidence from West Africa," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 29(2), pages 262-292.

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    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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