Variation in Prices of Food Items in Jamaica: An Exploratory Analysis of Pricing Mechanisms of Supermarkets in Kingston
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Keywords

Food items
retail prices
Jamaica
price smoothing
supermarkets.

How to Cite

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Abdullahi O. Abdulkadri. Variation in Prices of Food Items in Jamaica: An Exploratory Analysis of Pricing Mechanisms of Supermarkets in Kingston. Glob. J. Agric. Innov. Res. Dev [Internet]. 2015 Jan. 9 [cited 2022 Dec. 1];1(2):45-50. Available from: https://www.avantipublishers.com/index.php/gjaird/article/view/163

Abstract

The Jamaica Agriculture Market Information System reports wide variations in the price of similar food items across supermarkets in the capital city, Kingston. Possible explanations for this phenomenon are explored in this paper. Our findings indicate that supermarkets that practice price smoothing are more likely to persistently sell food items at the highest price. Likewise, supermarkets that are centrally located are prone to consistently have the highest price for food items. Whether or not farmers who supply food items to the supermarkets and consumers who buy from them are sensitive to price smoothing will provide validation for this practice by supermarkets. This constitutes an area of future study.
https://doi.org/10.15377/2409-9813.2014.01.02.2
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Abdulkadri AO, Ajibefun IA. An analysis of farm-retail spread for Jamaican fresh fruits. Paper presented at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting Tulsa, OK. February 14-18: 14 pp. http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/34648/1/sp04ab02.pdf

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. JAMIS Reporter Handbook Version 1.0, n.d.

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