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The Inflationary Consequences of a Currency Changeover on the Catering Sector: Evidence from the Michelin Red Guide

  • Fabrizio Adriani
  • Giancarlo Marini
  • Pasquale Scaramozzino

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This paper examines the inflationary consequences of a currency changeover in the catering market. Empirical evidence from the Michelin Red Guide shows that: i) differently from restaurants in non-euro countries, restaurants in the euro area experienced abnormal price increases just after the changeover, ii) among restaurants in the euro area, tourist restaurants are responsible for most of the abnormal price increases. These results suggest that proposed explanations for the changeover effect such as menu adjustment and rounding up are only part of the story. We present a simple model of the catering market that is consistent with the evidence.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK in its series Bristol Economics Discussion Papers with number 08/604.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:bri:uobdis:08/604
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