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Brazilian Journal of Political Economy

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RESENDE, Marcelo; ZEIDAN, Rodrigo  and  REGA, Gabriel P.. Price synchronization in retailing: some empirical evidence. Rev. Econ. Polit. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.2, pp.284-293. ISSN 0101-3157.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31572014000200007.

The paper investigates the synchronization of price changes in the context of retail tire dealers in São Paulo-Brazil and selected items in supermarkets for cleaning supplies and food in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil. Results indicate similar and non-negligible synchronization for different brands, although magnitudes are distant from a perfect synchronization pattern. We find interesting patterns in inter-firm competition, with similar magnitudes across different tire types. Intra-chain synchronization is substantial, indicating that a common price adjustment policy tends to be sustained for each chain across different products.

Keywords : price synchronization; staggering; retail.

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