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Inventories in a Competitive Environment

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  • Bental, Benjamin
  • Eden, Benjamin

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Trade is sequential: buyers arrive in batches and each batch completes trade before the next arrives. Producers allocate the available supply among all potential batches of buyers. Inventories accumulate whenever a batch does not arrive. Shocks to cost and demand are serially independent. There is a stationary relationship between inventories and prices with the following properties. Larger beginning-of-period inventories tend to depress prices. Inventories are positively serially correlated. A unit increase in inventories leads to an increase in the price spread. Output tends to vary more than sales. Copyright 1993 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Bental, Benjamin & Eden, Benjamin, 1993. "Inventories in a Competitive Environment," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 101(5), pages 863-886, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:101:y:1993:i:5:p:863-86
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    1. Jonas D. M. Fisher & Andreas Hornstein, 2000. "(S, s) Inventory Policies in General Equilibrium," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 67(1), pages 117-145.
    2. Diego Escobari & Li Gan, 2007. "Price Dispersion under Costly Capacity and Demand Uncertainty," NBER Working Papers 13075, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Benjamin Eden, 2013. "Price Dispersion And Demand Uncertainty: Evidence From Us Scanner Data," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 13-00015, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
    4. Andrew Caplin & John Leahy, 2011. "Trading Frictions and House Price Dynamics," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 43, pages 283-303, October.
    5. Marcel Fafchamps Jan Willem Gunning & Remco Oostendorp, "undated". "Inventories, Liquidity, and Contractual Risk in African Manufacturing," Working Papers 97020, Stanford University, Department of Economics.
    6. Benjamin Eden, 2013. "Price dispersion and efficiency," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 13-00012, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
    7. Angara V. Raja & Hans-Bernd Schaefer, 2007. "Are Inventories a Buffer Against Weak Legal Systems?," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(3), pages 415-439, August.
    8. Fafchamps, Marcel & Gunning, Jan Willem & Oostendorp, Remco, 2000. "Inventories and Risk in African Manufacturing," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(466), pages 861-93, October.

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