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3 Lessons from hyperinflationary periods

Bergen, Mark and Bergen, Thomas and Levy, Daniel and Semenov, Rose (2022): 3 Lessons from hyperinflationary periods. Forthcoming in: Harvard Business Review

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Inflation is painful, for firms, customers, employees, and society. But careful study of periods of hyperinflation point to ways that firms can adapt. In particular, companies need to think about how to change prices regularly and cheaply — because constant price changes can ultimately be very, very expensive. And they should consider how to communicate those price changes to customers. Providing clarity and predictability can increase consumer trust and help firms in the long run.

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