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In Pursuit Of Understanding Markups In Restaurant Services Prices

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  • MUSTAFA UTKU ÖZMEN

    (Economist, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Research and Monetary Policy Department, İstiklal Caddesi, No)

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Measuring markups in restaurant services is a difficult task. Although the sales price is observed, cost of the product served is unobserved. In this study, we employ an intuitive framework and focus specifically on markups on soft drinks. We analyze the determinants of markup on soft drinks in restaurants over 2006–2014. Results suggest that current demand conditions (net minimum wage, output gap), major cost items (food and energy prices, exchange rate) and economic uncertainty (exchange rate volatility) significantly affect markups. This strategy enables the detection of relevant factors which may not be possible to detect in other settings.

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  • Mustafa Utku Özmen, 2020. "In Pursuit Of Understanding Markups In Restaurant Services Prices," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 65(06), pages 1423-1437, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:65:y:2020:i:06:n:s0217590818500091
    DOI: 10.1142/S0217590818500091
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    Keywords

    Restaurant services; markup; minimum wage; output gap; inflation; Turkey;
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    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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