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More New Evidence on Asymmetric Gasoline Price Responses

There exist two possible aggregation issues in studies to asymmetric price responses: (i) an issue due to aggregation over time, and (ii) an issue due to aggregation over space. Empirical studies already confirm the existence of the first issue. This paper confirms the existence of the second issue by studying daily retail prices of individual gasoline stations. I find that 38% of the stations respond asymmetrically to changes in the gasoline spot market price. Hence, asymmetric pricing is a feature of individual firms.

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JEL Codes: D47: Market Design, C51: Model Construction and Estimation, D40: Market Structure, Pricing, and Design: General, G32: Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill, L11: Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms, L71: Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels, Q16: Agricultural R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

Keywords: Asymmetric Price Responses, Price Setting, Gasoline Markets

DOI: 10.5547/01956574.36.3.rfab

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Published in Volume 36, Number 3 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.