SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Price Responses to Seasonal Demand Changes in the Swedish Gasoline Market
Abstract: The demand for gasoline in Sweden follows a seasonal
cycle. The paper investigates the response in prices and profits over the
cycle. In contrast to what has been found for the gasoline market in the
United States, we find no support for seasonal price changes compatible
with the theories for cyclical variations of intensity of competition. We
also investigate whether the effects on margins of the demand fluctuations
induced by tax increases are compatible with these theories and find this
not to be the case. Some possible explanations for this difference between
Sweden and the United States are discussed.
Keywords: Seasonal cycles; gasoline market; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E32; L13; L71; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, November 9, 2001, Revised December 20, 2001
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