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The Behaviour of Producer Prices: some Evidence from the French PPI Micro Data

  • Gautier, E.

This paper provides some new empirical features on price setting behaviour for French producers using micro data underlying the producer and business-services price indices over the period 1994-2005. Some crucial methodological issues on the collection of producer prices are raised. Then, the main features of producers' price setting are presented: producer prices are modified quite frequently and by small amounts. A high heterogeneity across sectors is also observed: business-services prices change less often than industrial producer prices. The data lend some support to predictions of both time- and state-dependence models: Taylor contracts are not unusual but prices also respond to the changes in the firm's economic conditions. Nevertheless, time-dependent models are shown to be the most relevant theories to explain the producer price rigidity.

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Paper provided by Banque de France in its series Working papers with number 160.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:bfr:banfra:160
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