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Project Citation: 

Eizenberg, Alon, Lach, Saul, and Oren-Yiftach, Merav. Data and code for: Retail Prices in a City. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2021. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-04-07.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary This study examines grocery price differentials across neighborhoods in a large metropolitan area (the city of Jerusalem, Israel). Important variation in access to affordable grocery shopping is documented using CPI data on prices, and neighborhood-level credit card expenditure data. Residents of peripheral, non-affluent neighborhoods are charged some of the highest prices in the city, and yet display a low tendency to shop outside their neighborhood. In contrast, residents of affluent, centrally-located neighborhoods often benefit from lower grocery prices charged in their own neighborhood, while also displaying a high propensity to shop at the hard-discount grocers located in the city's commercial districts. The role of spatial frictions in shaping these patterns is studied within a structural model where households determine their shopping destination and retailers choose prices. The estimated model implies strong spatial segmentation in households' demand. Counterfactual analyses reveal that alleviating spatial frictions results in considerable benefits to the average resident of the peripheral neighborhoods. At the same time, it barely affects the equilibrium prices charged across the city, and so it does little to benefit households with limited mobility (e.g., the elderly).
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources Israel Science Foundation (858/11); Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms grocery price differentials; spatial frictions; demand estimation
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      L10 Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance: General
      L11 Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
      L13 Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Jerusalem, Israel
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 9/1/2007 – 11/30/2008 (September 2007, November 2007, November 2008)
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 9/1/2007 – 11/30/2008 (September 2007, November 2007, November 2008)
Universe:  View help for Universe
sample of grocery stores and supermarkets in Jerusalem, Israel in 2007 and 2008.
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) administrative records data; census/enumeration data


Response Rate:  View help for Response Rate Not relevant
Sampling:  View help for Sampling Prices sampled following CPI methodology
Data Source:  View help for Data Source Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
Credit card company
Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) coded on-site observation; other
Scales:  View help for Scales No scaling
Weights:  View help for Weights No weights
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation neighborhoods, stores
Geographic Unit:  View help for Geographic Unit neighborhood

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