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Empirical Evidence on the Role of Non Linear Wholesale Pricing and Vertical Restraints on Cost Pass-Through

  • Bonnet, Céline
  • Dubois, Pierre
  • Villas Boas, Sofia B.

How a cost shock is passed through to final consumer prices may relate to nominal price stickiness and rigidities, the existence of nonadjustable cost components, strategic markup adjustments, or other contract terms along the supply distribution chain. This paper presents a simple framework to assess the potential role of nonlinear pricing contracts and vertical restraints, such as resale price maintenance or wholesale price discrimination in the supply chain, in explaining the degree of pass-through from upstream cost shocks in the ground coffee category to downstream retail prices. We find that resale price maintenance increases pass-through rate. © 2013 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 565.

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Date of creation: Jul 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2011
Publication status: Published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, mai 2013, p.�500-515.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:21003
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