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The Price of Distance: Producer Heterogeneity, Pricing to Market, and Geographic Barriers

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  • Kano, Kazuko
  • Kano, Takashi
  • Takechi, Kazutaka

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This study investigates the effect of distance on price differentials across regions. To identify the distance effect, we need to incorporate producer heterogeneity and pricing-to-market behavior. Because geographic barriers alter the threshold levels of productivity to set a positive price across markets, the effect of distance on price differentials can be underestimated if heterogeneity and pricing to market are not accounted for. By incorporating these factors, empirical analysis using micro-level data reveals that the distance effect is significantly large, suggesting that the price of geographic barriers is still high for regional transportation.

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  • Kano, Kazuko & Kano, Takashi & Takechi, Kazutaka, 2013. "The Price of Distance: Producer Heterogeneity, Pricing to Market, and Geographic Barriers," Discussion Papers 2013-03, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.
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    1. TAKECHI Kazutaka, 2015. "The Quality of Distance: Quality sorting, Alchian-Allen effect, and geography," Discussion papers 15018, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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    Keywords

    Law of one price; Transportation costs; Geographic barriers; Producer heterogeneity; Pricing to market;

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    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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