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Some thoughts on nominal convergence, its drivers and determinants for the new eu member states preparing the euro adoption


  • Václav Žďárek


The article analyses the process of nominal convergence of the new EU member states (NMS) with particular attention paid to some applied and theoretical aspects, which may have impact on the process of the euro adoption. Chapter two addresses selected theoretical and methodological issues connected with the International Comparison Project (ICP). It discusses determinants and influences affecting price level convergence and some issues that have set off new trends, such as the globalization or process of the on-going European integration. This chapter also presents a brief summary of the main trends of price convergence observed by focusing on changes of comparative price levels (CPL) for various disaggregated items of GDP. It also deals with potential issues and problems arising in this context. Chapter three is aimed at an empirical verification of price convergence and at a search for main driving factors using data for the NMS and the old EU member states over 11 years (1995-2006). There are some differences in results depending on the applied econometric method. The most important determinants of price level are GDP and population, the openness and public finance's indicators are not significant. The last section summarises the main findings.

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  • Václav Žďárek, 2008. "Some thoughts on nominal convergence, its drivers and determinants for the new eu member states preparing the euro adoption," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2008(4), pages 291-318.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpep:v:2008:y:2008:i:4:id:334:p:291-318

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    globalization; nominal and real convergence; relative price level; international comparisons; law of one price; new EU members;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • P22 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Prices


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