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Rigidities and inflation persistence of services and regulated prices

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  • Patrick Lünnemann

    (Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Economics and Research Department, Boulevard Royal, Luxembourg)

  • Thomas Y. Mathä

    (Banque centrale du Luxembourg, Economics and Research Department, Boulevard Royal, Luxembourg)

Abstract

This paper studies price level rigidity and inflation persistence for EU15 member states using data on more than 1500 HICP sub-indices. Services and HICP sub-indices subject to price regulation exhibit a higher degree of price rigidity, with less frequent but larger index changes and a stronger asymmetry between increases and decreases. For most countries as well as for the EU15 and the euro area aggregates, excluding services from the HICP leads to a lower measured degree of inflation persistence; a similar though smaller effect is obtained by removing regulated indices from the HICP. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Patrick Lünnemann & Thomas Y. Mathä, 2010. "Rigidities and inflation persistence of services and regulated prices," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 31(2-3), pages 193-208.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:31:y:2010:i:2-3:p:193-208
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1489
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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation

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