Gasoline Price Cycle Drivers: An Australian Case Study
Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - School of Economics and Finance
February 24, 2010
In many retail gasoline markets, prices follow a saw-toothed cycle first posited by Edgeworth (1925) and formalised by Maskin & Tirole (1988). A growing literature explores driving factors behind such cycles, most particularly in Canada and the US. This paper explores price cycles in a retail gasoline market in Australia with a unique regulatory environment that provides a census of data. We make use of a threshold regression model, and pay particular attention to local market effects and market structure. Both are novel in the study of retail petroleum prices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: Edgeworth Cycles, retail gasoline
JEL Classification: C65, L13, L81
Date posted: February 26, 2010