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Convergence to Purchasing Power Parity at the Commencement of the Euro

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  • Claude Lopez
  • David H. Papell

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We investigate convergence towards purchasing power parity (PPP) within the eurozone and between the eurozone and its main partners using panel data methods. We find strong rejections of the unit-root hypothesis, and therefore evidence of PPP, in the eurozone for different numéraire currencies, as well as in the eurozone plus the United States with the dollar as the numéraire currency, starting between 1996 and 1999. The process of convergence towards PPP, however, begins earlier, following the currency crises of 1992 and 1993, adoption of the Maastricht Treaty, and official completion of the Single Market. Copyright © 2006 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Claude Lopez & David H. Papell, 2007. "Convergence to Purchasing Power Parity at the Commencement of the Euro," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(1), pages 1-16, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:15:y:2007:i:1:p:1-16
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    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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