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Asymmetric fuel pricing in transition economies: The case of Moscow


  • Bakytzhanova Zhuldyz



Empirical studies (Bacon, 1991; Peltzman, 2000) show that output prices tend to respond faster to input price increases than to decreases. This paper finds out such asymmetry in the fuel market of Moscow and analyzes the influence of companies' and market characteristics on asymmetric response. The conclusion is that different mechanisms of the phenomenon, including tacit collusion and consumer search, probably coexist in the Moscow retail gasoline market.

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  • Bakytzhanova Zhuldyz, 2005. "Asymmetric fuel pricing in transition economies: The case of Moscow," EERC Working Paper Series 05-18e, EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS.
  • Handle: RePEc:eer:wpalle:05-18e

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    1. Nodir Adilov & Hedayeh Samavati, 2009. "Pump Prices and Oil Prices: A Tale of Two Directions," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 37(1), pages 51-64, March.

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    Russia; Kazakhstan; market concentration; gasoline; asymmetric response;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce

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