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How are prices adjusted in response to shocks? Survey evidence from Austrian firms

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  • Claudia Kwapil

    (Economic Analysis Division, Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Austria)

  • Johann Scharler

    (Department of Economics, University of Linz, Austria)

  • Josef Baumgartner

    (Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Austria)

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the response of prices to shocks based on a survey of Austrian firms. We find that firms are more likely to change prices after a cost shock than after a demand shock. In this vein, our analysis suggests that regular customers are an important explanation for price rigidity after demand shocks. Furthermore, lacking competition is another significant explanation for price stickiness. Finally, we find asymmetric responses after cost and demand shocks. Prices appear to be more rigid downward than upward after cost shocks, while they are more rigid upward than downward in reaction to shifts in demand. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Claudia Kwapil & Johann Scharler & Josef Baumgartner, 2010. "How are prices adjusted in response to shocks? Survey evidence from Austrian firms," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 31(2-3), pages 151-160.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:31:y:2010:i:2-3:p:151-160
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1482
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    2. Linehan, Suzanne & Lydon, Reamonn & Scally, John, 2015. "Labour Cost Adjustment during the Crisis: Firm-level Evidence," Quarterly Bulletin Articles, Central Bank of Ireland, pages 73-92, July.
    3. Heiner Mikosch, 2012. "Sticky Prices, Competition and the Phillips Curve," KOF Working papers 11-294, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
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