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Title: Are Prices Higher For the Poor in New York City?
Authors: Richburg Hayes, Lashawn
Keywords: imperfect competition
price differential
urban poor
Issue Date: 1-Sep-1999
Citation: Journal of Consumer Policy, vol. 23 (June 2000) 127-152
Series/Report no.: Working Papers (Princeton University. Industrial Relations Section) ; 423
Abstract: Despite earlier evidence to the contrary, recent inquiries appear to reach a consensus that the poor pay more for food. However, these studies utilize samples drawn on the basis of prior knowledge of unfair pricing strategies, proximity of volunteer surveyors, or other non-random methods. This paper revisits the issue of price discrimination by analyzing price data collected using a stratified, random sample design to answer the question of whether prices are higher in poor, urban neighborhoods. Contrary to the recent literature, I find that market prices in poor neighborhoods are not higher than those in more affluent areas.
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