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Explaining time variation in geographic price dispersion

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/07/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Applied Economics
Issue number42
Volume51
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)4629-4641
Publication statusPublished
Early online date21/03/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The pattern of price dispersion significantly varies over time and across locations. Using a detailed dataset with product-level retail prices, we examine the role of time-varying factors in shaping the time variation of price dispersion. We find that price dispersion variation in an integrated region is mainly driven by oil prices, while the variation in a segmented region is attributed to dispersion in real income. We also find that dispersion in value-added tax rates explains a significant portion of price dispersion fluctuations in both geographic dimensions. This paper offers new evindence on the trade-off that exists for the role of time-varying factors as contributors to price dispersion variation by highlighting their relative importance across different dimensions of economic geography. 

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Applied Economics on 21/03/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00036846.2019.1593941