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Distribution Dynamics of Russian Regional Prices

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  • Konstantin Gluschenko

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This paper studies the behavior of the entire distribution of consumer prices across Russian regions over the decade of 2001–2010. The analysis uses non-parametric techniques, exploiting the distribution dynamics approach. The results obtained evidence that regional relative prices in Russia remained fairly stable during 2001-2010. No significant changes are found in price dispersion and cross-region price distribution over this time span. Rank mobility was very low with seasonal surges. The pattern of quantity mobility manifests neither convergence nor divergence of regional prices. However, a long-run price distribution has an unpleasant feature, predicting potential emergence of a price convergence club in the Russian Far East.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number wp1061.

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Date of creation: 15 Oct 2013
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Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2013-1061

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Keywords: price convergence; price dispersion; price mobility; market integration; stochastic kernel;

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  1. Vincent Koen & Steven Phillips, 1992. "Price Liberalization in Russia," IMF Working Papers 92/92, International Monetary Fund.
  2. Barry K. Goodwin & Thomas J. Grennes & Christine McCurdy, 1999. "Spatial price dynamics and integration in russian food markets," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(2), pages 157-193.
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  6. Paula De Masi & Vincent Koen, 1995. "Relative Price Convergence in Russia," IMF Working Papers 95/54, International Monetary Fund.
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