Selling gasoline as a by-product: The impact of market structure on local prices
Justus Haucap (),
Ulrich Heimeshoff and
No 240, DICE Discussion Papers from University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
We use a novel data set with exact price quotes from virtually all German gasoline stations to empirically investigate how a temporary variance in local market structure - induced by restricted opening hours of specific players - affects price competition. We focus on stations selling gasoline as a by-product and find that, during their exogenously determined hours of opening, they have a significant negative price effect on nearby major-brand competitors. Applying a difference-in-difference framework with hourly average prices, our findings explicitly account for counterfactual market scenarios.
Keywords: Gasoline Markets; Intraday Pricing; Supermarkets; Difference-in-Difference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L11 L71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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