Scale economies with regard to price adjustment costs and the speed of price adjustment in Australian manufacturing

Michael Olive

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine the impact of firm size, industry concentration and the length of production on industry speed of price adjustment. To motivate the paper, an industry pricing model in error correction form is derived from firm pricing behaviour. As a new development, firms are assumed to have price adjustment costs that are a function of their size. The empirical model is estimated using two-digit Australian manufacturing industry data for the period 1994:3 to 2006:1. The results suggest that the industry speed of price adjustment is positively related to firm size and negatively related to industry concentration and the production lag. Implied values for industry speeds of price adjustment are generally small when compared to other country industry studies. However, the industry average median lag of 7.1 quarters indicates a slightly faster speed of price adjustment than the estimate for the Australian consumer price index by Dwyer and Leong (2001).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Review of Applied Economics
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • speed of price adjustment
  • adjustment costs
  • Australian manufacturing

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