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Monday, March 8, 2010

Gasoline Price Cycle Drivers: An Australian Case Study

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Harry Bloch Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance and Nick Wills-Johnson Acil Tasman explore Gasoline Price Cycle Drivers: An Australian Case Study.

ABSTRACT: In many retail gasoline markets, prices follow a saw-toothed cycle first posited by Edgeworth (1925) and formalised by Maskin & Tirole (1988). A growing literature explores driving factors behind such cycles, most particularly in Canada and the US. This paper explores price cycles in a retail gasoline market in Australia with a unique regulatory environment that provides a census of data. We make use of a threshold regression model, and pay particular attention to local market effects and market structure. Both are novel in the study of retail petroleum prices.

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