Do the Poor Pay More ? An Empirical Investigation of Price Dispersion in Food Retailing

@inproceedings{Hayes2000DoTP,
  title={Do the Poor Pay More ? An Empirical Investigation of Price Dispersion in Food Retailing},
  author={Lashawn Richburg Hayes},
  year={2000}
}
On the question of whether prices are higher in poor, urban neighborhoods, the prior research is decidedly mixed. This paper revisits the question by analyzing unpublished price-level data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for construction of the Consumer Price Index. Using this large, statistically representative sample of stores in poor and affluent neighborhoods, I first estimate if a price difference exists. I then empirically test the major arguments in support of disparate… CONTINUE READING

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