Why Are Prices Sticky? The Dynamics of Wholesale Gasoline Prices

  title={Why Are Prices Sticky? The Dynamics of Wholesale Gasoline Prices},
  author={Michael C. Davis and James D. (James Douglas) Hamilton},
  journal={Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking},
  pages={17 - 37}
  • Michael C. Davis, James D. (James Douglas) Hamilton
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Economics
  • Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking
The menu-cost interpretation of sticky prices implies that the probability of a price change should depend on the past history of prices and fundamentals only through the gap between the current price and the frictionless price. We find that this prediction is broadly consistent with the behavior of nine Philadelphia gasoline wholesalers. Nevertheless, we reject the menu-cost model as a literal description of these firms' behavior, arguing instead that price stickiness arises from strategic… 
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