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Evidence on the Purchasing Power Parity in Panel of Cities

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  • Tomas del Barrio

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  • Josep Ll Carrion

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  • Enrique Lopez-Bazo

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The power purchasing parity (PPP) hypothesis and the law of one price (LOP) predict (long-run) price equalization across the space. In the absence of market frictions and transport costs, arbitrage should guarantee the same price, in a common currency, for a given commodity in different locations. Contradictory evidence has been reported at the international level, though generally concluding large and persistent price deviations. In this paper we show that long-run price convergence cannot be rejected in a sample of Spanish cities over a long period of time, using newly developed non-stationary panel data techniques. Robust estimates show an important dispersion of half lives in the Spanish cities. The paper also includes the analysis of the causes behind price deviations across the sample of cities.

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  1. Kristian Jonsson, 2006. "Time-specific disturbances and cross-sectional dependency in a small-sample heterogeneous panel data unit root test," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(11), pages 1309-1317.
  2. Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee & Ali Kutan & Su Zhou, 2009. "Towards solving the PPP puzzle: evidence from 113 countries," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(24), pages 3057-3066.
  3. Lean Hooi Hooi & Russell Smyth, 2007. "Are Asian real exchange rates mean reverting? Evidence from univariate and panel LM unit root tests with one and two structural breaks," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(16), pages 2109-2120.
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  5. Hiranya K. Nath & Natalie Hegwood, 2012. "Structural Breaks and Relative Price Convergence among U.S. Cities," Working Papers 1204, Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business.
  6. Lee, Chin & Habibullah, Muzafar Shah, 2008. "Price convergence and market integration: evidence from Malaysia," MPRA Paper 40408, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Jayanta Sarkar & Hiranya K. Nath, 2013. "City Relative Price Dynamics in Australia: Are Structural Breaks Important?," Working Papers 1301, Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business.
  8. Chmelarova, Viera & Nath, Hiranya K., 2010. "Relative price convergence among US cities: Does the choice of numeraire city matter?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 405-414, March.
  9. Woo, Kai-Yin & Lee, Shu-Kam & Chan, Alan, 2014. "Non-linear adjustments to intranational PPP," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 360-371.

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