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The Euro and Regional Price Differences of Individual Products in an Integrated Cross-Border Area

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Using individual supermarket prices, this article shows that, even for a narrowly defined geographical and highly integrated cross-border area, absolute deviations from the law of one price (LOP) rise, as distance increases and borders are crossed. Being inside the former Belgian-Luxembourg monetary association has the opposite effect. The latter result suggests that the euro will increase European integration and will help to reduce regional and cross-border price differences in the long term. Furthermore, larger differences in packaging sizes result in larger price deviations. The opposite is the case for prices observed within the same retail group. Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Thomas Y. Matha, 2006. "The Euro and Regional Price Differences of Individual Products in an Integrated Cross-Border Area," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44, pages 563-580, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jcmkts:v:44:y:2006:i::p:563-580
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    1. Thomas Mathä, 2009. "Regional Mc parity: do common pricing points reduce deviations from the law of one price?," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 145(1), pages 155-166, April.
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    3. Jan-Egbert Sturm & Ulrich Fritsche & Michael Graff & Michael Lamla & Sarah Lein & Volker Nitsch & David Liechti & Daniel Triet, 2009. "The euro and prices: changeover-related inflation and price convergence in the euro area," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 381, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
    4. Friberg, Richard & Matha, Thomas Y., 2004. "Does a common currency lead to (more) price equalization? The role of psychological pricing points," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 84(2), pages 281-287, August.

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    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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