Dubois, Pierre, Griffith, Rachel and O'Connell, Martin (2022) The Use of Scanner Data for Economics Research. Annual Review of Economics, vol.14. pp. 723-745.

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Identification Number : 10.1146/annurev-economics-051520-024949


The adoption of barcode scanning technology in the 1970's gave rise to a new form of data; scanner data. Soon afterwards researchers began using this new resource, and since then a large number of papers have exploited scanner data. The data provide detailed price, quantity and product characteristic information for completely disaggregate products at high frequency and typically either track a panel of stores and/or consumers. Their availability has led to advances, inter alia, in the study of consumer demand, the measurement of market power, firms' strategic interactions and decision-making, the evaluation of policy reforms, and the measurement of price dispersion and in ation. In this article we highlight some of the pro and cons of this data source, and discuss some of the ways its availability to researchers hastransformed the economics literature.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: August 2022
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Palo Alto
Uncontrolled Keywords: scanner data, demand estimation, market power, policy counterfactual, inflation
JEL Classification: C80 - General
D12 - Consumer Economics - Empirical Analysis
E31 - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
L10 - General
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 13:43
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2023 09:13
OAI Identifier: oai:tse-fr.eu:126830
URI: https://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/46209

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