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Borders and Big Macs

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I provide new estimates of border frictions for 14 countries using local, national, and international Big Mac prices. I find that borders generally introduce only small price wedges, far smaller than those observed across New York City neighboring locations.

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  • Landry, Anthony, 2013. "Borders and Big Macs," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 120(2), pages 318-322.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:2:p:318-322
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.04.045
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    Keywords

    Border frictions; Price dispersion; Real exchange rates;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance

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