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The Distribution of Consumer Price Changes in the United Kingdom

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  • Mizon, Grayham E
  • Safford, J Claire
  • Thomas, Stephen H

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This paper rejects the hypothesis that relative commodity price changes are normally distributed using monthly U.K. data from 1962 to 1983. The presence of skewness in the distribution of price changes across commodities suggest that the asymmetric price response hypothesis may be a good description of the relation between the moments of the distribution of price changes. The authors use Granger causality tests to investigate this hypothesis, but it is not supported by the data. They also examine the major time-series features of the individual price series. Copyright 1990 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 57 (1990)
Issue (Month): 226 (May)
Pages: 249-62

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Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:57:y:1990:i:226:p:249-62

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  1. Dimitrios D. Thomakos & Constantina Kottaridi & Diego MŽndez-Carbajo, 2007. "Inflation Dynamics and the Cross-Sectional Distribution of Prices in the E.U. Periphery," Working Paper Series 43-07, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, revised Jul 2007.
  2. Ball, Laurence & Mankiw, N Gregory, 1995. "Relative-Price Changes as Aggregate Supply Shocks," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 110(1), pages 161-93, February.
  3. Carlos Felipe Jaramillo & Daniel Cerquera, . "Price Behavior in an Inflationary Environment: Evidence from Supermarket Data," Borradores de Economia 138, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
  4. Almeida Neto, Heitor Vieira de & Bonomo, Marco Antônio Cesar, 1999. "Optimal State-Dependent Rules, Credibility, and Inflation Inertia," Economics Working Papers (Ensaios Economicos da EPGE) 349, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
  5. Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, . "Improving the Measurement of Core Inflation in Colombia Using Asymmetric Trimmed Means," Borradores de Economia 091, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.

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