Market Power in Distribution and Pass‐Through for Consumers and Producers

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Joseph Francois

University of Bern

Miriam Manchin

University College London; Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano

Date Written: February 2019


We examine the differential pass‐through of import prices into consumer and producer prices. We develop a framework with distribution costs and distribution market power. We then examine pass‐through from import prices to consumer and producer prices in the euro area using the U.S. import price as instrument. We find that pass‐through rates to producer prices are more sensitive to changes in distribution margins than pass‐through to consumer prices. Furthermore, only a portion of import price changes translate into domestic price changes limiting potential consumer benefits from tariff liberalization, with market power in distribution services being one important factor reducing pass‐through.

Suggested Citation

Francois, Joseph and Manchin, Miriam, Market Power in Distribution and Pass‐Through for Consumers and Producers (February 2019). Review of International Economics, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 290-312, 2019. Available at SSRN: or

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Miriam Manchin

University College London ( email )

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Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano ( email )

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Milan, 20122

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