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Rigidities and inflation persistence of services and regulated prices

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  • Patrick Lünnemann

    (Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Economics and Research Department, Boulevard Royal, Luxembourg)

  • Thomas Y. Mathä

    (Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Economics and Research Department, Boulevard Royal, Luxembourg)

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This paper studies price level rigidity and inflation persistence for EU15 member states using data on more than 1500 HICP sub-indices. Services and HICP sub-indices subject to price regulation exhibit a higher degree of price rigidity, with less frequent but larger index changes and a stronger asymmetry between increases and decreases. For most countries as well as for the EU15 and the euro area aggregates, excluding services from the HICP leads to a lower measured degree of inflation persistence; a similar though smaller effect is obtained by removing regulated indices from the HICP. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2-3 ()
Pages: 193-208

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Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:31:y:2010:i:2-3:p:193-208

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