Shrinking Goods

51 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013

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Daniel Levy

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Emory University - Department of Economics; Rimini Center for Economic Analysis

Avichai Snir

Bar Ilan University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 22, 2013

Abstract

If producers have more information than consumers about goods’ attributes, then they may use non-price (rather than price) adjustment mechanisms and, consequently, the market may reach a new equilibrium even if prices don't change. We study a situation where producers adjust the quantity per package rather than the price in response to changes in market conditions. Although consumers should be indifferent between equivalent changes in goods' prices and quantities, empirical evidence suggests that consumers often respond differently to price changes and equivalent quantity changes. We offer a possible explanation for this puzzle by constructing and empirically testing a model in which consumers incur cognitive costs when processing goods’ price and quantity information.

Keywords: Quantity Adjustment, Cognitive Costs of Attention, Information Processing

JEL Classification: L11, L15, L16, M21, M31, M37, M38, K20, E31, D21, D22, D40, D83

Suggested Citation

Levy, Daniel and Snir, Avichai, Shrinking Goods (January 22, 2013). Emory Law and Economics Research Paper, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2249768 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2249768

Daniel Levy (Contact Author)

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Rimini Center for Economic Analysis ( email )

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Avichai Snir

Bar Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
+972 3 736 0835 (Phone)
+972 3 535 3180 (Fax)

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