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Price convergence in US cities: a cointegration approach with two structural breaks


  • Poomthan Rangkakulnuwat
  • A. K. M. Mahbub Morshed
  • H. Holly Wang
  • Sung K. Ahn


This article investigates how the price indices of major cities of the US respond to the shock from a city and from monetary policy. We find that the crisis of Bretton Woods system in 1968 and the oil crisis in 1974 should be incorporated as structural breaks in monetary policy variables and price indices. Using cointegration technique with structural break in our aggregated data, we find that the average half-life is 1.75 years, which is closer to what some of others found in disaggregated data, and that the interest rate is an effective tool for controlling cities’ price in short run.

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  • Poomthan Rangkakulnuwat & A. K. M. Mahbub Morshed & H. Holly Wang & Sung K. Ahn, 2012. "Price convergence in US cities: a cointegration approach with two structural breaks," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(14), pages 1849-1862, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:44:y:2012:i:14:p:1849-1862
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.554381

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