Product Differentiation and Cost Pass-Through

Jens-Peter Loy, Christoph Weiss

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


The present paper extends the existing literature on vertical price transmission and cost pass‐through by investigating the impact of product differentiation. We apply distance‐measures of product differentiation to a specific product market (yoghurt) within one country (Germany). Results from a panel‐error‐correction model for 30 products sold in 432 stores over a period of 312 weeks suggest that product differentiation explains a significant share of differences in cost pass‐through rates: more differentiated products command higher prices and are characterised by lower equilibrium cost pass‐through rates as well as more sluggish price adjustment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840 - 858
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 405002 Agricultural economics

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