Income Differences and Prices of Tradables
AbstractI study the positive relationship between prices of tradable goods and per-capita income. I develop a highly tractable general equilibrium model of international trade with heterogeneous firms and non-homothetic consumer preferences that accounts for the observed cross-country variation in prices along two key dimensions. The model yields a new testable prediction that relates prices to measurable variables. I use the prediction to estimate the elasticity of price with respect to per-capita income from unique data featuring prices of 245 identical goods sold exclusively via the Internet in twenty-nine European, Asian, and North American markets. The empirical findings suggest that variable mark-ups account for a third of the observed cross-country differences in prices of tradables.
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- Ina Simonovska, 2010. "Income differences and prices of tradables," Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute Working Paper 55, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
- Ina Simonovska, 2009. "Income Differences and Prices of Tradables," 2009 Meeting Papers 692, Society for Economic Dynamics.
- Ina Simonovska, 2011. "Income Differences and Prices of Tradables," Working Papers 1015, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
- E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
- F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies
- L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
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