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The DM and the Ossi Consumer: Price Indexes During Transition

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  • Collier, Irwin L.

    () (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin)

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Family budget data for East and West Germany over the past decade are analyzed in the light of the convergence of relative price structures and the elimination of quantity constraints in the East during the process of eastern economic reconstruction. Exact cost-of-living indexes for generalized Cobb- Douglas preferences are calculated for the missing (index) link between the end of the old German Democratic Republic and the beginning of German economic unification. Exact deflators are provided for the period 1989 through 1998 for low to high income family budgets.

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  • Collier, Irwin L., 2012. "The DM and the Ossi Consumer: Price Indexes During Transition," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 27, pages 245-273.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0571
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    Keywords

    Transition Economies; Price Index; Consumer Budgets; Virtual Prices; Demand Systems; East Germany;

    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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