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The frequency and size of price changes: evidence from non-parametric estimations

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The majority of price setting models predict a negative correlation between the frequency and size of price changes. Using a unique micro-level price data from Slovakia, we find that a negative correlation between frequency and size of price changes holds only for more rigid prices. On the other hand, less rigid prices such as gasoline prices exhibit positive correlation in line with Rotemberg's pricing model.

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  • Roman Horváth, 2011. "The frequency and size of price changes: evidence from non-parametric estimations," Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(2), pages 263-268, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:macfem:v:4:y:2011:i:2:p:263-268
    DOI: 10.1080/17520843.2011.562518
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    1. Shruti Tripathi & Ashima Goyal, 2011. "Relative prices, the price level and inflation: Effects of asymmetric and sticky adjustment," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2011-026, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.

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