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What's behind volatile import prices from China?

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  • Mary Amiti
  • Donald R. Davis

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In a sharp departure from earlier trends, the price of U.S. imports from China rose 6 percent in the 2006-08 period. To explore the forces behind this surprising increase, the authors create a new import index that uses highly disaggregated data to track price developments in different product types. The index reveals that the largest price increases were concentrated in industrial supplies - goods that rely heavily on commodity inputs. The authors conclude that the surge in commodity prices through mid-2008 was the primary driver of the rising import prices from China.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its journal Current Issues in Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 15 (2009)
Issue (Month): Jan ()
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednci:y:2009:i:jan:n:v.15no.1

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Keywords: Price indexes ; Imports - Prices ; Commodity exchanges ; Petroleum industry and trade;

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  1. Brendan Coates & Dougal Horton & Lachlan McNamee, 2012. "China: prospects for export-driven growth," Economic Roundup, Treasury, Australian Government, issue 4, pages 79-102, December.

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