A Study of Price Evolution in Online Toy Market

31 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2011

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Zhenlin Yang

Singapore Management University

Lydia L. Gan

University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Medical Tourism Research Center

Fang-Fang Tang

National Policy Lab, China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

We study and contrast pricing and price evolution of online only (Dotcom) and online branch of multi-channel retailers (OBMCRs) based on two panel data sets collected from online toy markets. Panel data regression analyses reveal several interesting empirical results: over time, OBMCRs and Dotcoms charge similar prices on average but Dotcoms significantly increase their shipping costs that eventually drive the overall average price of Dotcoms higher than that of OBMCRs. Price dispersions of both types of retailers are persistent. The price dispersion of OBMCRs is higher than that of Dotcoms at the beginning and does not change much over time, but the price dispersion of Dotcoms increases significantly over time, indicating that the latter will eventually be higher than the former. Moreover, the OBMCRs charge significantly different prices, but the Dotcoms charge similar prices.

Keywords: E-commerce, online pricing strategies, online toy market, price dispersion, pricing trends

JEL Classification: L11, L81, L86

Suggested Citation

Yang, Zhenlin and Gan, Lydia L. and Gan, Lydia L. and Tang, Fang-Fang, A Study of Price Evolution in Online Toy Market (2010). Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 4, 2010-28, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1753516 or http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2010-28

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Lydia L. Gan

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Fang-Fang Tang

National Policy Lab, China Center for Economic Research, National School of Development ( email )

China

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