Pricing in inflationary times: The penny drops

Chakraborty, Ratula, Dobson, Paul W., Seaton, Jonathan S. and Waterson, Michael (2015) Pricing in inflationary times: The penny drops. Journal of Monetary Economics, 76. pp. 71-86. ISSN 0304-3932

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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.

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Additional Information: & 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: pricing behaviour,supermarket prices,inflationary behaviour,price indexes
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 08:24
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 23:41
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmoneco.2015.08.002

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