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Price changes by firms in New Zealand - some evidence from the Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion

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  • Andrew Coleman
  • Brian Silverstone

    (Reserve Bank of New Zealand)

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TIn the last decade, central banks have conducted new research enhancing their understanding of firm level price-setting behaviour. This work has revealed new information about the frequency with which firms change prices and provided explanations as to why prices are sticky. This information could potentially improve monetary policymaking and, as a result, reduce the real cost of policy changes and non-policy shocks. This article outlines the major themes and results from selected international research. It then examines price changing behaviour in New Zealand using firm-level data from the quarterly survey of business opinion (OSBO) published by new Zealand intuit of economic research (NZIER). In line with international research. We find considerable diversity in the frequency of the price changes by firms moreover; firms change prices more in response to cost changes than demand changes, and in response to falling demand than increasing demand

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Article provided by Reserve Bank of New Zealand in its journal Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 70 (2007)
Issue (Month): (September)
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Handle: RePEc:nzb:nzbbul:september2007:4

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  1. Ashley Dunstan & Troy Matheson & Hamish Pepper, 2009. "Analysing wage and price dynamics in New Zealand," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Discussion Paper Series DP2009/06, Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

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