The Euro Changeover and Its Effects on Price Transparency, and Inflation. Mission Euro, Mission Accomplished!
AbstractDespite the expectations of economists that the euro changeover would have no effect on prices, we show that European consumers perceive the contrary. The data indicate that consumers based their perceptions about inflation on goods that are cheaper and more frequently purchased. We use this insight to develop and estimate a model of imperfect information that explains why these goods were subject to higher price growth after the changeover. The data indicate that some retailers, aware of the consumers' difficulties in adopting the new currency, used the changeover to increase profits by increasing prices. We also propose an explanation on why, contrary to common belief, this effect was smaller in more concentrated retail markets.
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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 10 Mar 2005
Date of revision: 24 May 2005
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euro; currency changeover; imperfect information; search costs; price setting;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
- L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2005-04-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-EEC-2005-04-16 (European Economics)
- NEP-MON-2005-04-16 (Monetary Economics)
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