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Optimal price setting during a currency changeover: theory and evidence from french restaurants

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  • Nicoletta Berardi
  • Thomas Eife
  • Erwan Gautier

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This article studies firms' price-setting decision during a currency changeover. Buyers' difficulties with the new nominal price level may create incentives to raise prices temporarily but doing so comes at the risk of damaging a seller's standing as a fair retailer. We model firms' trade-off and study conditions under which increasing or decreasing prices is optimal. A difference-in-differences analysis based on micro-data of French restaurants strongly supports the model's predictions. Prices during the 2002 changeover in the European Monetary Union were less likely to rise in larger restaurants, nontourist restaurants and when prices were advertised.

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  • Nicoletta Berardi & Thomas Eife & Erwan Gautier, 2014. "Optimal price setting during a currency changeover: theory and evidence from french restaurants," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(23), pages 2766-2782, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:46:y:2014:i:23:p:2766-2782
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2014.914144
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    1. Mustafa Utku Ozmen, 2016. "In Pursuit of Understanding Markups in Restaurant Services Prices," Working Papers 1602, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

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    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • M39 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Other

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