Pricing in inflationary times: The penny drops
journal contributionposted on 05.11.2020, 13:59 by Ratula Chakraborty, Paul W Dobson, Jonathan Seaton, Michael Waterson
© 2015 The Authors. How does the frequency and magnitude of micro-price rises and falls relate to macroeconomic crisis, as well as moderation? Weekly micropricing behaviour in British groceries was investigated across three leading retailers over the moderation period 2004-7 and the crisis period 2008-10. We find significant price flexibility sharply distinguished from behaviour observed in most previous works. Downward price flexibility increased markedly in 2008. Overall basket prices rise, but significantly more individual prices fall than rise in the latter period. Tests of obfuscation in price setting suggested that large numbers of small price falls were used to disguise the basket price rises.
ESRC funding for this project (Grant RES-062-23-1962)
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