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Analytical notes on the Balassa-Samuelson effect

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  • Leon Podkaminer

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    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), Vienna (Austria))

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The oft invoked Balassa-Samuelson effect, whereby the movements of prices for non-tradable goods relative to those for tradable goods reflect the movements of relative labour productivities, is customarily derived from a standard neo-classical model with highly restrictive features. Minor modifications to the assumptions underlying the model negate the effect. In general, the effect does not necessarily obtain if technical change alters the elasticity parameters of the production functions. Moreover, theeffect does not generally obtain (or cannot even be derived uniquely) in more general models that allow for non-constant returns to scale or intermediate inputs.

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Article provided by Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in its journal Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review.

Volume (Year): 56 (2003)
Issue (Month): 226 ()
Pages: 207-221

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  1. Ronald MacDonald & Cezary Wójcik, 2006. "Catching-up, Inflation Differentials and Credit Booms in a Heterogeneous Monetary Union: Some Implications for EMU and new EU Member States," CESifo Working Paper Series 1761, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. MacDonald, Ronald & Wójcik, Cezary, 2008. "Catching-up and inflation differentials in a heterogeneous monetary union: Some implications for the euro area and new EU Member States," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 4-16, March.
  3. Richard Frensch, 2006. "Balassa-Samuelson, Product Differentiation and Transition," Working Papers 266, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).
  4. Leon Podkaminer, 2004. "Why is food cheaper in rich (European) countries?," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 57(230), pages 297-327.
  5. Leon Podkaminer, 2013. "Persistent gaps between purchasing power parities and exchange rates under the law of one price: a puzzle (partly) explained?," Bank i Kredyt, National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute, vol. 44(4), pages 333-352.
  6. Alessandro Podkaminer, 2004. "PerchŽ i generi alimentari sono meno costosi nei paesi (europei) ricchi?," Moneta e Credito, Economia civile, vol. 57(227), pages 311-345.

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