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  • Price Points and Price Rigidity
Author
  • Haipeng Allan Chen
  • Robert J. Kauffman
  • Daniel Levy
  • Dongwon Lee
  • Mark Bergen
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • We offer new evidence on the link between price points and price rigidity using two datasets. One is a large weekly transaction price dataset, covering 29 product categories over an eight-year period from a large U.S. supermarket chain. The other is from the Internet, and includes daily prices over a two-year period for 474 consumer electronic goods covering ten product categories, from 293 different Internet retailers. Across the two datasets, we find that (i) 9 is the most frequently used price-ending for the penny, dime, dollar and the ten-dollar digits, (ii) the most common price changes are in multiples of dimes, dollars, and ten-dollars, (iii) 9-ending prices are at least 24% (and as much as 73%) less likely to change in comparison to prices ending with other digits, and (iv) the average size of the price change is higher if the price ends with 9 in comparison to non-9-ending prices. This link between price points and price rigidity is robust across a wide range of prices, products, product categories, and retail formats. We offer a behavioral explanation for the findings.
  • RePEc:rim:rimwps:04-07
  • We study the link between price points and price rigidity, using two datasets containing over 100 million observations. We find that (i) 9 is the most frequently used price-ending for the penny, dime, dollar and ten-dollar digits, (ii) 9-ending prices are between 24%-73% less likely to change in comparison to non-9-ending prices, (iii) the average size of the price change is higher if it ends with 9 in comparison to non-9-ending prices, and (iv) the most common price changes are multiples of dimes, dollars, and ten-dollars. We conclude that price points might constitute a substantial source of retail price rigidity.
  • RePEc:emo:wp2003:0809
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  • English
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