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Small price changes and menu costs

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  • Saul Lach

    (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and CEPR)

  • Daniel Tsiddon

    (Tel Aviv University, Israel and CEPR)

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We find that while some individual price changes are indeed 'small', the average price change of different products within a store in any given month is not. Moreover, the smaller the price change of an individual product, the larger the average price change of the remaining products sold by the store. We argue that these findings are consistent with extensions of menu cost models of price-setting behavior to multiproduct firms when these firms have high average costs and low marginal costs of changing prices. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Saul Lach & Daniel Tsiddon, 2007. "Small price changes and menu costs," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(7), pages 649-656.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:28:y:2007:i:7:p:649-656
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1383
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