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How Wide Is the Border?*

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  • Rogers, John H

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The authors use CPI data for U.S. and Canadian cities for fourteen categories of consumer prices to examine the nature of the deviations from the law of one price. The distance between cities explains a significant amount of the variation in the prices of similar goods in different cities, but the variation of the price is much higher for two cities located in different countries than for two equidistant cities in the same country. The authors explore some of the reasons for this finding. Sticky nominal prices appear to be one explanation but probably do not explain most of the border effect. Copyright 1996 by American Economic Association.

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  • Engel, Charles & Rogers, John H, 1996. "How Wide Is the Border?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 86(5), pages 1112-1125, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:86:y:1996:i:5:p:1112-25
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