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A Variance Screen for Collusion


Rosa M. Abrantes-Metz


Global Economics Group, LLC; New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Christopher T. Taylor


U.S. Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Economics

Luke Froeb


Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

John Geweke


University of Technology Sydney - Economics Discipline Group

March 2005

Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-13; FTC Bureau of Economics Working Paper No. 275

Abstract:     
In this paper, we examine price movements over time around the collapse of a bid-rigging conspiracy. While the mean decreased by sixteen percent, the standard deviation increased by over two hundred percent. We hypothesize that conspiracies in other industries would exhibit similar characteristics and search for "pockets" of low price variation as indicators of collusion in the retail gasoline industry in Louisville. We observe no such areas around Louisville in 1996-2002.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Collusion, Price Fixing, Firms, Firm

JEL Classification: L12, L41, D40

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Date posted: April 7, 2005  

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Abrantes-Metz, Rosa M. and Taylor, Christopher T. and Froeb, Luke and Geweke, John, A Variance Screen for Collusion (March 2005). Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 05-13; FTC Bureau of Economics Working Paper No. 275. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=683922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.683922

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Rosa M. Abrantes-Metz (Contact Author)
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Christopher T. Taylor
U.S. Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Economics ( email )
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Luke M. Froeb
Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics ( email )
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John Geweke
University of Technology Sydney - Economics Discipline Group ( email )
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Australia
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