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Menu Costs and Inflation Asymmetries - Some Micro Data Evidence

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  • Karadi, Peter
  • Reiff, Adam

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The paper explains the observed asymmetric inflation response to value-added tax (VAT) changes in Hungary by calibrating a standard sectoral menu cost model on a new micro-level CPI data set. The model is able to reproduce important moments of the data, and finds that the asymmetry can be explained by the interaction of menu costs, (sectoral) trend inflation and forward looking firms, thereby it provides direct evidence to the argument of Ball and Mankiw (1994).

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 7102.

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Keywords: Menu Cost; Inflation Asymmetry; Sectoral Heterogeneity; Value-Added Tax;

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  1. Dirk Van den Poel & Benjamin Verhelst, 2011. "Price Rigidity in Europe and the US: A Comparative Analysis Using Scanner Data," 2011 Meeting Papers 524, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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