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Hump-shaped cross-price effects and the extensive margin in cross-border shopping

Richard Friberg, Frode Steen and Simen Ulsaker ()

No 29/2018, Discussion Paper Series in Economics from Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of cross-border shopping on grocery demand in Norway using monthly store×category sales data from Norway’s largest grocery chain 2011-2016. The sensitivity of demand to foreign price is hump-shaped and greatest 30-60 minutes’ driving distance from the closest foreign store. Combining continuous demand, fixed costs of cross-border shopping and linear transport costs `a la Hotelling we show how this hump-shape can arise through a combination of intensive and extensive margins of cross-border shopping. Our conclusions are further supported by novel survey evidence and cross-border traffic data.

Keywords: Cross-border shopping; competition in grocery markets; product differentiation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 H73 L66 R20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2018-12-17
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