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New indicators to assess price-competitiveness developments in the four largest euro-area countries and in their main trading partners

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  • Felettigh, Alberto

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Giordano, Claire

    () (Banca d'Italia)

  • Oddo, Giacomo

    (Banca d'Italia)

  • Romano, Valentina

    (Banca d'Italia)

Abstract

This paper provides a new set of monthly price-competitiveness indicators for 62 countries, which are to be adopted by the Bank of Italy as its new official indicators. We employ updated trade weights that take into account the highly relevant competitive pressures of local producers in all outlet markets while guaranteeing a vast geographical coverage in international standards. We also assess price competitiveness with respective to different sub-groups of trading partners, namely euro-area vs. non euro-area countries. Focusing on the four largest economies in the euro area, in the period 1999-2014 Germany and France's price competitiveness is found to have improved; it was roughly stable in Italy whereas it deteriorated in Spain.

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  • Felettigh, Alberto & Giordano, Claire & Oddo, Giacomo & Romano, Valentina, 2016. "New indicators to assess price-competitiveness developments in the four largest euro-area countries and in their main trading partners," Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, IOS Press, issue 3, pages 203-235.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:iosjes:0056
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    1. Alberto Felettigh & Claire Giordano, 2018. "Rethinking prices and markets underlying price-competitiveness indicators," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 447, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Fidora, Michael & Giordano, Claire & Schmitz, Martin, 2017. "Real exchange rate misalignments in the euro area," Working Paper Series 2108, European Central Bank.
    3. repec:spr:italej:v:4:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s40797-018-0072-8 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Guido Bulligan & Fabio Busetti & Michele Caivano & Pietro Cova & Davide Fantino & Alberto Locarno & Lisa Rodano, 2017. "The Bank of Italy econometric model: an update of the main equations and model elasticities," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1130, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    5. Matteo Bugamelli & Silvia Fabiani & Stefano Federico & Alberto Felettigh & Claire Giordano & Andrea Linarello, 2018. "Back on Track? A Macro–Micro Narrative of Italian Exports," Italian Economic Journal: A Continuation of Rivista Italiana degli Economisti and Giornale degli Economisti, Springer;Società Italiana degli Economisti (Italian Economic Association), vol. 4(1), pages 1-31, March.
    6. repec:liu:liucej:v:14:y:2017:i:1:p:13-37 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Real effective exchange rates; price competitiveness; producer prices; local producers competition; double weighting;

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values

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