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Price setting in a leading Swiss online supermarket

  • Martin Berka

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  • Michael B. Devereux

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  • Thomas Rudolph

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We study a newly released data set of scanner prices for food products in a large Swiss online supermarket. We find that average prices change about every two months, but when we exclude temporary sales, prices are extremely sticky, changing on average once every three years. Non-sale price behavior is broadly consistent with menu cost models of sticky prices. When we focus specifically on the behavior of sale prices, however, we find that the characteristics of price adjustment seems to be substantially at odds with standard theory.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2011-19.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2011-19
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