Daily Inflation Data
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Everyone knew something was wrong. Between 2007 and 2011, the Argentine government claimed inflation was running at an average of 8 per cent but the numbers did not tally with what households were experiencing. Argentinians reckoned prices were rising at above 20 per cent, which happened to be the same as unofficial, provincial figures collected […]
Online shopping is supposed to be a click away from bargains and cheap goods, but this is all a myth, says new research. A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of 10 countries, including South Africa, has shown that most firms sell their products at the same price in store and online nearly 75% […]
MIT researchers collected data from some of the nation’s largest retailers, including Target, Walmart, and Stop & Shop. Standing in the checkout line at Walmart waiting to buy a TV or the latest gadget, one might ponder whether it’s cheaper to buy the same television from Walmart online. Turns out, it’s probably not. According to […]
In an average of 72 percent of the cases, there is no price advantage to shop online instead of in the shop – or vice versa. This is the result of a recent study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) after analyzing online and offline prices in ten countries.
Alberto Cavallo, Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, explains how online and offline prices compare. Everyone has their own personal opinion, but Prof. Cavallo and his team wanted to collect data in a large number of countries to answer the question with objective evidence. Is it actually cheaper as […]
Study shows online retail prices often match store prices — and suggests why they sometimes do not. When you buy products online, do you imagine you could get better prices in a store? Conversely, does in-store shopping lead you to wonder whether you are missing better prices online? Fear not. An innovative study by an […]