Network Centrality and Market Prices: Empirical Evidence

Firgo, Matthias and Pennerstorfer, Dieter and Weiss, Christoph (2016) Network Centrality and Market Prices: Empirical Evidence. Economics Letters, 139. pp. 79-83. ISSN 0165-1765


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We empirically investigate the importance of centrality (holding a central position in a spatial network) for strategic interaction in pricing for the Austrian retail gasoline market. Results from spatial autoregressive models suggest that the gasoline station located most closely to the market center - defined as the 1-median location - exerts the strongest effect on pricing decisions of other stations. We conclude that centrality influences firms' pricing behavior and further find that the importance of centrality increases with market size.

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Additional Information: The work was generously supported by funds of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Anniversary Fund, project number: 12974). To see the final version of this paper please visit the publisher's website. Access to the published version requires a subscription. The original publication is available at
Keywords: Network Centrality, Spatial Competition, Retail Markets, Gasoline Prices
Classification Codes: JEL C21, D43, L11, L81, R12
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft > Volkswirtschaftspolitik u Industrieökon.
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 15:44
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 12:56
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