Lumpy Price Adjustments: A Microeconometric Analysis

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Emmanuel Dhyne

National Bank of Belgium

Catherine Fuss

National Bank of Belgium

M. Hashem Pesaran

University of Southern California - Department of Economics; University of Cambridge - Trinity College (Cambridge)

Patrick Sevestre

Aix-Marseille University

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Date Written: October 1, 2007

Abstract

This paper presents a simple model of state-dependent pricing that allows identification of the relative importance of the degree of price rigidity that is inherent to the price setting mechanism (intrinsic) and that which is due to the price's driving variables (extrinsic). Using two data sets consisting of a large fraction of the price quotes used to compute the Belgian and French CPI, we are able to assess the role of intrinsic and extrinsic price stickiness in explaining the occurrence and magnitude of price changes at the outlet level. We find that infrequent price changes are not necessarily associated with large adjustment costs. Indeed, extrinsic rigidity appears to be significant in many cases. We also find that asymmetry in the price adjustment could be due to trends in marginal costs and/or desired mark-ups rather than asymmetric cost of adjustment bands.

Keywords: Sticky Prices, Menu Costs, Nominal/Intrinsic and Extrinsic Rigidities, Micro Panels

JEL Classification: C51, C81, D21

Suggested Citation

Dhyne, Emmanuel and Fuss, Catherine and Pesaran, M. Hashem and Sevestre, Patrick, Lumpy Price Adjustments: A Microeconometric Analysis (October 1, 2007). Banque de France Working Paper No. NER - R 185. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1689006 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1689006

Emmanuel Dhyne (Contact Author)

National Bank of Belgium ( email )

Brussels, B-1000
Belgium

Catherine Fuss

National Bank of Belgium ( email )

Brussels, B-1000
Belgium

M. Hashem Pesaran

University of Southern California - Department of Economics

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

University of Cambridge - Trinity College (Cambridge) ( email )

United Kingdom

Patrick Sevestre

Aix-Marseille University ( email )

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Aix-en-Provence, 13628
France

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