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Synchronisation in multi-product firms: evidence from german grocery prices

Jens-Peter Loy () and Christoph Weiss ()
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Jens-Peter Loy: Georg-August-University Goettingen

Working Papers from Vienna University of Economics and Business Research Group: Growth and Employment in Europe: Sustainability and Competitiveness

Abstract: Using a unique panel data set for German grocery prices we find significant price synchronization within food retail chains as well as within individual food stores (between products). Price synchronization between chains appears to be less pronounced. Common shocks can only explain some synchronization, indicating that strategic motives as well as menu costs are of significant importance.

Keywords: staggering; synchronization; fixed-effects probit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D40 L16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-08
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